MDI Hospital Offering COVID Booster Shot Clinic November 6th
Mount Desert Island Hospital will be offering a vaccine booster clinic in the lobby of the Bar Harbor Regency on Saturday, November 6th 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.