Mayo offering COVID-19 boosters this week

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — With the federal Food and Drug Administration giving the authorization for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster vaccines last week, Mayo Clinic Health System will start offering those COVID-19 booster shots to patients.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend that people receive the same vaccine brand for the booster shot as the primary COVID-19 vaccination when appropriate and available,” says Kevin Fitzgerald M.D., family medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Onalaska. “However, a mix-and-match strategy for COVID-19 vaccines has been approved.”

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is available at least 6 months after a second dose for the following:

  • Anyone age 65 and older;
  • People age 18 through 64 with certain medical conditions that put them at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19;
  • People age 18 through 64 with high risk of COVID-19 exposure at work or in congregate care or living settings. This could include, but are not limited to, frontline healthcare workers, educators, daycare providers, those experiencing homelessness who are living in a shelter and long-term care facility residents.

For the J&J COVID-19 vaccine (at least 2 months after a first dose): Anyone age 18 and older who received single dose of J&J COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of health risk factors, occupation or living situation.

Eligible patients should use Patient Online Services to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine booster or you can call and schedule an appointment at Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Wisconsin at 608-392-7400.

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