Barron County Public Health will be offering free COVID-19 Pfizer Booster doses to those who qualify on October 13. The free drive-through vaccine clinic will be held at Barron Electric from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No registration is needed. Eligible residents may come anytime during the clinic. There is no vaccine shortage at this time. Public Health will offer more drive through clinics in the future as needed. 

Public Health asks that you bring along your vaccine card. If you are not able to find your card, please visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-record.htm to print your COVID-19 vaccination record and bring it with you. If you are not able to bring your card or print your record, staff will be available to help you when you arrive.  

You are able to receive a booster dose if: Your first and second vaccines were Pfizer, it has been at least 6 months since your second dose, and you fall into one of the following groups:

> People 65 years and older

> Residents in long-term care

> People ages 18 and older with underlying medical conditions

Cancer

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension

Dementia or other neurological conditions

Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)

Down syndrome

Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension)

HIV infection

Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)

Liver disease

Overweight and obesity

Pregnancy

Sickle cell disease or thalassemia

Smoking, current or former

Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant

Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain

Substance use disorders

> People ages 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job. 

First responders (health care workers, firefighters, police, staff at congregate care facilities)

Education staff (teachers, support staff, childcare workers)

Food and agriculture workers

Manufacturing workers

Corrections workers

U.S. Postal Service workers

Public transit workers

Grocery store workers

People in the recommended groups who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine will likely need a booster shot in the near future. More information on those boosters is expected soon.

With the high-levels of COVID-19 spread in Barron County, Public Health continues to urge everyone who is not vaccinated to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and for all people to add additional layers of protection including masking up indoors, staying home when feeling sick, and avoiding large indoor gatherings. To find a vaccine near you visit www.vaccinefinder.org. For more information on booster doses visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-dose.htm.

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