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Carle to offer Pfizer booster to recommended community members at scheduled vaccine clinics

Carle to offer Pfizer booster to recommended community members at scheduled vaccine clinics
Carle remains committed to providing COVID-19 vaccine to the community and will offer the Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose to qualifying patients starting Tuesday, Oct. 5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a booster dose for individuals who qualify six months after completing the two-dose Pfizer vaccine series. The CDC recommends the booster for those 65 and above and 50 and above with underlying medical conditions. Those 18-49 with underlying medical conditions and people with increased occupational exposure may consider receiving the booster dose with consultation from their care provider.
 
Carle is already administering the booster vaccine to qualifying team members. Community members and patients who are fully immunized with the Pfizer vaccine and meet CDC requirements are encouraged to schedule booster appointments today.
 
“Carle has been preparing for booster vaccine clinics for the past several weeks,” Robert Healy, MD, chief quality officer said. “We know the vaccine is our best defense against this virus and the additional dose offers Carle staff and patients more complete protection against serious illness and hospitalization.”
 
Carle patients can sign up for an appointment on MyCarle and all community members can sign up for a call-back to schedule on Carle.org. Patients in McLean County can also call (309) 268-5200 to schedule an appointment.
 
Carle by appointment community booster clinics:

Kohl’s Plaza Clinic - 1901 N. Market Street, Champaign
Tuesday – Thursday the weeks of Oct. 4, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
 
Carle BroMenn Medical Center
Oct. 5 – Oct. 8 and Oct. 12 – Oct. 15 
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Patients who qualify are encouraged and will have the option to receive both their Pfizer COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine at the same appointment at Carle vaccination sites across the region.
 
“We are heading into a time where more indoor activities and the overlap of symptoms for people experiencing cold, flu and COVID-19 will increase the amount of illness overall in our communities,” Dr. Healy said. “It is important to take all measures available to ensure you remain healthy, not only for your own personal wellbeing but to limit the chance to spread something to a loved one.”
 
As the most researched medical offering in history, the COVID-19 vaccine has proven to be safe and effective. It is important for everyone to get vaccinated to limit the spread of infection and reduce the opportunity for the COVID-19 virus to mutate in the future.
 
Carle is collaborating with local public health departments throughout the region to ensure everyone who qualifies for the Pfizer booster vaccine has access. Booster recipients should bring their COVID-19 vaccine card to appointments if possible.
 
Visit carle.org/covid-19 for more information to schedule a vaccine appointment today.  

Categories: Staying Healthy

Tags: booster, COVID19, pfizer, vaccine

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