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Second Booster Doses Now Available For Angelenos Over 50

Three small, new, unused vaccine syringes are placed on a pink medical pan. The needles are covered with plastic caps.
The CDC has approved second boosters for adults aged 50 and older.
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On Tuesday, federal regulators authorized second Pfizer and Moderna booster shots for people aged 50 and older. The FDA said people in that age group can get the additional shot at least four months after their first booster.

Data to support a second booster came from an Israeli study that showed double-boosted people were less likely to die of COVID-19 if they got infected. The study has not been peer reviewed.

“This is especially important for those 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe disease from COVID-19 as they are the most likely to benefit from receiving an additional booster dose at this time,” said CDC director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky.

Adults who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and booster at least four months ago can now get a second booster of an mRNA vaccine.

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The Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health and local pharmacy chains are confident they have enough Pfizer and Moderna booster doses to meet demand. L.A. County health officials said its vaccination sites will begin administering second booster doses to eligible people starting Wednesday.

The FDA also authorized a second booster of Pfizer or Moderna for people with immune deficiencies, such as solid organ transplant recipients.

The seven sites administering second booster doses for those 50 years of age and older starting Wednesday are:

  • Obregon Park (East Los Angeles) 
  • Ted Watkins Park (South Los Angeles)
  • Balboa Sports Complex (Encino) 
  • Commerce Senior Citizens Center (Commerce)
  • Market Street Center (Santa Clarita)
  • Palmdale Oasis Recreation Center (Palmdale)
  • Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex (Norwalk)

Eligible residents can also check with other vaccination sitesabout the availability of the second booster dose.

Pharmacy chain CVS told LAist that it has “maintained an ample supply of vaccine at each of our more than 9,000 vaccinating pharmacies, and are well-positioned to be able to provide them for eligible patients.”

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