COVID Booster Shots

Last modified on October 8th, 2021 at 3:50 am

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel endorsed booster shots for those over
the age of 65 and high-risk individuals.  The CDC and New York State Health Department
approved boosters for those who have completed the two-shot series of the Pfizer vaccine and
who are over 65, those over the age of 18 with an underlying medical condition that increases
the risks of severe illness from COVID 19, and those who are at a higher risk of exposure to
COVID 19 through their employment and residents of a long-term care facility.
Ulster County has been preparing for several months to ramp back up our vaccination
operations in anticipation of this guidance. Earlier this month, we re-opened our POD (Point of
Distribution) at the Hudson Valley Mall.
Booster Dose Eligibility
Eligible individuals must have received the Pfizer vaccine) as their primary COVID vaccination
series, and it must be at least 6 months since the series was completed.

The following individuals are eligible for a booster dose at NYS sites:
 Individuals 65 years of age and older at least 6 months after completion of the primary
series
 Residents of long- term care facility 18 years or older at least 6 months after completion
of the primary series
 Individuals 50-64 years of age with one or more underlying medical conditions* at least 6
months after completion of the primary series
 Individuals 18-49 years of age with one or more underlying medical conditions* based on
individual benefit and risk
 Individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and
transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, based on their individual
benefit and risk, including:
o An essential worker (frontline and non-frontline)
o An unpaid caregiver of a frail or immunocompromised person
o A paid or unpaid worker who interacts within less than 6ft of others
o Lives in a congregate setting (e.g. homeless shelter, correctional facility)
*Underlying medical conditions that can increase risk of moderate or severe illness or death
from the virus that causes COVID-19 include:
 Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers
 Chronic kidney disease
 Pulmonary Disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11
related pulmonary diseases
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome
 Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease,
cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)
 Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid
organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV,
use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes

 Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher
but & < 40 kg/m2)
 Pregnancy
 Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
 Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
 Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
 Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer&#39;s Disease or dementia
 Liver disease.