HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – The Hunterdon County Health Department will hold drive through vaccination clinics at the Route 12 County complex on October 14, 21, and 28 that will include the availability of the Pfizer vaccine booster shots for those who received the Pfizer vaccine previously and meet CDC eligibility requirements, according to County Commissioner Shaun C. Van Doren.
Van Doren, the Board’s Health Department liaison, said, “The Health Department requested and received an allocation of the Pfizer vaccine from the state this week. The County clinic can now offer a Pfizer booster or third dose to those eligible, in addition to initial doses of the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Previously the County was only issued the Moderna and J&J vaccines.”
“Presently, qualification for the Pfizer booster is very specific. Only those who have previously received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago can receive the Pfizer booster. Additionally, the CDC requirements only allow the Pfizer booster to be administered to those age 65 and over, individuals who are immunocompromised, or those who are health workers or first responders,” Van Doren said.
“Unfortunately, the Moderna or J&J vaccine have not yet been cleared by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be administered as a booster dose and, as has been previously announced, the vaccines are not presently allowed to be mixed. Hunterdon County’s Health Department clinic will make Moderna and J&J vaccinations available, along with the Pfizer vaccine, for any individuals who have not yet been vaccinated,” Van Doren said.
“The Health Department staff is working hard to stay on top of vaccine information as it comes from the CDC, FDA and state health department. The environment is ever changing, so the public is advised to watch the Department’s and county’s Facebook pages, the county website, and county news resources for up-to- date information,” Van Doren said.