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Indiana, CVS, Walgreens offering COVID-19 boosters to those 18 and older after CDC endorsement

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Posted at 6:51 PM, Nov 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-19 20:44:28-05

Ind. — The Indiana Department of Health says any Hoosier who is 18 or older can now receive a booster dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines as long as they received their second dose at least six months ago.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky endorsed the CDC's expanded recommendations for booster shots Friday.

“After critical scientific evaluation, today’s unanimous decision carefully considered the current state of the pandemic, the latest vaccine effectiveness data over time, and review of safety data from people who have already received a COVID-19 primary vaccine series and booster," Walensky said. "Based on the compelling evidence, all adults over 18 should now have equitable access to a COVID-19 booster dose.”

The CDC is strongly encouraging those who were already eligible – older populations and individuals with underlying medical conditions – to get boosted before the holidays.

Individuals may still choose which COVID-19 vaccine to receive as a booster shot.

CVS and Walgreens also announced they will offer the booster shots. CVS will begin offering them Saturday at nearly 10,000 locations across the country.

"We remain committed to reducing barriers to getting vaccinated and are prepared to meet the needs of individuals now eligible for a booster dose. We strongly encourage eligible individuals to schedule an appointment at a location convenient to them at or through the CVS App," the company said in a statement.

Walgreens will also begin taking booster shot appointments for those 18 and older Saturday at nearly 9,000 locations across the country. You can schedule through the Walgreens app, online or by calling 1-800-WALGREENS.

For more information about getting your COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana, click here or call 211 for assistance.