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COVID-19 Vaccine Additional Doses/Boosters

Currently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine receive an additional dose of the vaccine. This is not technically considered a "booster" because these individuals did not already have the full immune response to the vaccine after their second dose. 

At this time, the commendation for an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine does NOT apply to:

  • Immunocompromised individuals who received the single-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine
  • The general public who are NOT immunocompromised and received either the Pfizer or the Moderna mRNA vaccine* 

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is scheduling appointments for immunocompromised people to receive a third dose of either mRNA vaccine through this link.

This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Satisfactory proof of immunocompromised status will be requested.

The third dose is recommended for people in the categories above at least 28 days after completing the initial two doses, and whenever possible, be the same produce (Pfizer or Moderna) that was originally received. 

*  After September 20, adults who are at least 8 months out from their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will be eligible for a third "booster" dose. This applies only to the mRNA vaccines. An additional dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine has not been recommended or approved at this time.


Where Else You Can Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

We are sharing the links and information below to help our patients and members of the community navigate the different systems for registering for the vaccine. Please be aware that information is changing rapidly. The most up-to-date information will likely be found on your local health department's COVID-19 vaccine webpage. 

VACCINE FINDER

The Vaccine Finder website allows you to search for available vaccines near you, and filter your results by the manufacturer. Please note: only vaccine providers who have opted-in to the Vaccine Finder directory will appear in your results. 

PHARMACIES

COVID-19 vaccine are available at some CVS locations in Northern Michigan by appointment or for walk-ins. 

In our area, Rite-Aid pharmacies are scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments. 

COVID-19 vaccines are available at local Meijer pharmacies. You can walk in, or you can schedule your appointment here.

Family Fare pharmacy locations offering COVID-19 vaccines include the Chum's Corners store in Traverse City, as well as Family Fare stores in Bellaire, Mancelona, Kalkaska, Boyne City, Gaylord, Grayling, and Cadillac. To schedule your appointment at a Family Fare pharmacy near you, click here.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

The Grand Traverse County Health Department now offers walk-in vaccine clinics. For the list of vaccine clinic dates and locations for Grand Traverse County, click here. 

BENZIE-LEELANAU DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT

For vaccine clinics offered by the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, click here 

DISTRICT 10 HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Anyone age 12and older can now schedule a vaccine appointment online. You do not have to be a District 10 area resident. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Traverse City VA ClinicUpdate

The Traverse City VA Clinic is offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to veterans over 75 years old. If you meet this criteria, please call: (231) 932-9720