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Confused About COVID-19 Booster Eligibility? Summit Co. Public Health Has Answers

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Specific groups of Ohioans are now eligible to get COVID-19 booster shots, but making sense of the guidelines can be confusing. Summit County Public Health Department provides more information.

Now that COVID-19 booster shots are now available to some Ohioans, Summit County Public Health officials are clarifying who qualifies.

Eligible groups of Ohioans are those who 65 years and older; those in long-term care facilities; those with underlying medical conditions; or those living or working in high-risk settings.

But which shot should a person get?

Summit County Public Health Medical Director Dr. Erika Sobolewski said you could mix and match, especially if you had a reaction to your initial vaccination.

“If you did well with your vaccine series, we urge people to stick with their original vaccine series," she said. "There’s not an overwhelming reason to switch. However, if in discussion with their physician there is that reason to switch, there is that ability to do so.”

Sobolewski said all three boosters, Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson, are tested, safe and effective.

Those with initial vaccines of both Moderna and Pfizer should wait six months to get their boosters, while J&J recipients should wait at least two months.

TheOhio Department of Health has more information about vaccine eligibility.

Mark Arehart joined the award-winning WKSU news team as its arts/culture reporter in 2017. Before coming to Northeast Ohio, Arehart hosted Morning Edition and covered the arts scene for Delaware Public Media. He previously worked for KNKX in Seattle, Kansas Public Radio, and KYUK in Bethel, Alaska.