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Chickasaw County Sees Previously Vaccinated Get COVID

Chickasaw County residents previously vaccinated for the coronavirus have recently tested positive for COVID.

Public Health Administrator Lisa Welter says out of 19 positive COVID tests between Friday, August 6th and Sunday, August 15th, three people that tested positive had been vaccinated.

Welter says a dose boost of COVID vaccine is now available for qualifying individuals. If you do qualify, the booster shot must be at least 28 days after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. She adds that the boost dose is not available for individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine originally. 

*Boost qualifying identifiers (if you do not meet the criteria a boost dose is not recommended at this time): 

  1. Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  2. Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  3. Receipt of CAR-T-cell orhematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  4. Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  5. Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  6. Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day),alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs,cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.

This boost dose of vaccine is not available for individuals who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine originally. This information will be verified before administration of the boost dose.

It must be at least 28 days after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

If you need a vaccine please call Public Health at 641-394-4053 or the Mercy One Clinic in New Hampton at 641-394-2151 to schedule an appointment. 

 

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Mark Pitz

News Director
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