Gov. Hochul: Pfizer COVID-19 boosters are available in NYS for those eligible

ALBANY, NY (WIVB) – New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul says Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots are available nationwide for those who qualify.

In a tweet On Saturday, Hochul stated who is eligible to receive the vaccine and says she will make the third shot as hassle-free as possible.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky approved a recommendation from a CDC advisory committee to let older or otherwise vulnerable Americans get Pfizer boosters. The CDC has not yet approved boosters from Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.

Here are the CDC’s recommendations on who is eligible for a booster:

People 65 years of age and older and nursing home residents should receive a boost shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a boost shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a boost shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

People aged 18-64 who are at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to a business or institutional environment may receive a boost shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer -BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

CDC Statement on ACIP Booster Recommendations

“Getting New Yorkers vaccinated is still our top priority as we work to stop the spread of COVID,” Governor Hochul said.

If you are eligible and would like the booster, you can book an appointment via the NYS website here.

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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