MDI Hospital Offering COVID Booster Shot Clinic November 20th
If you missed the COVID vaccine booster clinic on November 6th, Mount Desert Island Hospital will be offering another vaccine booster clinic in the lobby of the Bar Harbor Regency on Saturday, November 20th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster doses will be available.
Visit MDI Hospital's website to view and book open appointments.
If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you must be 6 months or more past your initial series to be eligible for a booster.
Boosters are now recommended for everyone 18 and older at least 2 months after receiving their Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
MDI Hospital released these Frequently Asked Questions about boosters
Q: Am I eligible for a booster?
A: According to the latest CDC guidelines, people who received their second shot of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago should get a booster if they fall into one of these categories:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For those who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine, a booster shot is recommended for everyone 18 and older at least 2 months after receiving their original dose.
Q: What is the difference between a booster and a third dose?
Booster shots are given when an original vaccine's effectiveness may start to weaken, while a third or additional dose might be offered to those who are not expected to have had a strong enough immune response to their initial vaccination due to certain conditions. Consult your health care provider to learn which might be right for you.
Q: Do I need to get the same booster as my original COVID-19 vaccine?
A: The CDC's recommendations now allow for mix and match dosing for booster shots. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. The biggest benefit to mixing and matching is that it gives people options to get their booster as soon as possible.
Q: What are the expected side effects?
A: Side effects are expected to be similar to initial vaccination and can include pain at the injection site, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and fever.