This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommended booster shots for those fully vaccinated and CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System is getting the word out to our community.

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System has been working hard on the frontlines to make sure that everyone has a chance to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and help reduce the spread of the virus.

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According to a press release, now with the guidance issued last week, the booster shots are currently limited to immunosuppressed people.  This includes people who have had an organ transplant or who take immunosuppressive medications.  Dr. Sam Bagchi, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for CHRISTUS Health, urges people to talk to their doctor about whether they qualify for a booster now.

“Our focus remains on those unvaccinated and those currently eligible for the booster.”

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Dr. Bagchi goes on to say;

“Starting in late September, we expect more federal guidance on the recommendation of the boosters more broadly, and we will follow that guidance as well. We will continue to serve our communities and educate that the evidence is clear: COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are safe and effective in reducing the risk of becoming infected and spreading the virus to others.”

 

Initial vaccine appointments for the unvaccinated are available today at vaccines.gov. This website is continuously updated with the latest information on COVID-19 and will have booster appointment scheduling once available.

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