JCDHE encourages boosters as eligibility In Kansas increases

Today, the state of Kansas announced all fully vaccinated Kansans over the age of 18 are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster. Johnson County residents 18 and older who are six months past their last Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months past their Johnson & Johnson vaccination, can now get a booster shot. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment urges eligible residents to consider a booster, and all residents to assess their risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 before getting together this holiday season.

“Consideration on get togethers should be given to age, health conditions and vaccination status of everyone getting together. And wear masks consistently to minimize risk,” said JCDHE Director Sanmi Areola. “Many of us missed getting together with loved ones last year and are ready to get back to normal. This is a good thing, but the pandemic is not over. Cases are on the rise in Johnson County, and many other places. This is not the time to let our guard down as we move indoors where the virus can spread easily.”

Areola recommends a layered approach to prevent getting infected with COVID-19 or the flu and spreading the virus to others, especially family members who may be immunocompromised and vulnerable to severe infection and complications of COVID-19.

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