Friday, November 26, 2021

MyTurn California lets all adults get boosters

California’s MyTurn COVID-19 Vaccination Recording Tool now allows all adults to make an appointment for a booster shot without asking vague questions about whether they are eligible.

As of Thursday morning, stopped asking adults who were originally vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines and are now looking for boosters if they belong to certain high-risk groups before allowing them to make an appointment.

This change will greatly simplify the scheduling of booster shots. Many adults have previously expressed bewilderment as to whether they are indeed eligible for booster vaccinations, citing sophisticated selection criteria developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Anyone who wants to get a booster can get the vaccine,” Governor Gavin Newsom said earlier this week. “If you’ve been vaccinated and six months have passed, you can now get a booster shot. [if you’re] 18 or more. “

The updated language finally makes the MyTurn vaccination scheduling tool compliant with the state’s guidelines updated on Tuesday. This week, the California Department of Public Health issued guidelines essentially recommending that all adults get a booster shot as long as they have at least two months after their Johnson & Johnson vaccine or at least six months after receiving a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna shots.

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The COVID-19 vaccination planning site for Albertsons, which is also operated by Vons, Pavilions and Safeway, has also been updated to reflect the latest California law language.

Many counties, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange and Ventura, and many San Francisco counties, have adopted simpler California guidelines that offer booster shots for all adults.

The California guidelines are based on a new, particularly permissive interpretation of the CDC’s advice on who is eligible for revaccination in adults fully vaccinated with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The CDC has already recommended that all adults vaccinated with the J&J vaccine get boosted.

The CDC has stated for several weeks that seniors aged 65 and over, adults with underlying medical conditions, and people at increased risk of exposure to the coronavirus are eligible to participate.

California now says that virtually all adults in the state are eligible for booster vaccinations because basically everyone is at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus.

Federal vaccination guidelines are expected to catch up with California’s position within days.

The FDA and CDC are expected to formally provide booster shots for all fully vaccinated adults by the end of this week, if sufficient time has passed since their initial round of vaccinations.

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