PHS says general public needs to be patient for COVID-19 booster shots

CRETE, NE — Public health officials are asking most southeast Nebraskans to be patient while waiting to receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

President Joe Biden announced in August that booster shots will be available to all Americans by September 20th. Public Health Solutions District Health Department, which covers Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline and Thayer counties, says it’s not that simple. Officials need to wait for authorization from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in order to start administering the shots. Once approved by the ACIP, the health department can start accepting appointments.

PHS primarily used the Moderna vaccine during the initial rounds of vaccination. According to an Associated Press report, Moderna gave inadequate data to the CDC and FDA, likely delaying approval of boosters to October.

Federal approval isn’t needed for immunosuppressed people, though. They can currently receive a third dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine through PHS.

PHS says people can call its office with questions and check its website for updates.