“While the emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines do not yet allow for people to receive a booster vaccine, we will be prepared,” says Dr. James Watson, chair of Mayo’s Clinic COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution Work Group.
The workgroup is closely monitoring booster vaccine development and recommendations and creating a process to administer booster vaccines once they are approved by federal and state authorities.
Vaccine booster response
It is widely anticipated that immunosuppressed patients will be the first population prioritized for booster vaccinations. Further guidance is expected this week when the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on immunization matters, will meet to discuss this topic.
Primary COVID-19 vaccinations continue
Mayo Clinic will continue efforts to decrease infection rates and exposures by encouraging people to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
“The best ways for you to help are to get vaccinated as soon as possible if you aren’t already and continue to follow safety measures such as masking and social distancing, getting tested if you are exposed or have symptoms, and isolating if you test positive,” says Dr. Watson.
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