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Indiana health officials: We’re ready to deliver COVID-19 boosters

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana Department of Health said Friday it’s set to give booster shots for all adults 18 and older, so long their second dose was received at least six months ago.

Health officials are encouraging people to get their COVID booster shots as the holiday season approaches.

“There’s a lot of data nationally and internationally right now suggesting that folks should get the booster immunization at that six month point,” said the emergency preparedness coordinator of the Hamilton County Health Department, Christian Walker.

“It gives me hope that we’re not going to go down some really sad and ugly trend filled with a lot of sickness and a lot of death,” said Marcos Navarro Garcia, an Indianapolis resident.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the administration of a booster dose of both vaccines for those 18 and older. The federal government initially only authorized boosters after six months for those 65 and older, younger people with health problems, and those with jobs that put them at extra risk for infection with COVID-19.

The Hamilton County Health Department says it could have booster shots ready for everyone older than 18 by Monday.

The Marion County Public Health Department told News 8 that it can make the boosters available by this weekend.

Indianapolis resident Marcos Navarro Garcia just got his Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot. He says he wants to protect himself and especially his grandfather.

“He’s still definitely suffering the effects of his first COVID-19 infection, so I don’t see him much, but when I do I don’t want it to be me just because I didn’t get vaccinated to be the one to give him another infection,” Navarro Garcia said.

The FDA says it’s safe to mix and match vaccines by getting a booster of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, regardless of which vaccine was originally received.