Information on Vaccine Boosters Ryan Braun November 12, 2021

Information on Vaccine Boosters

The Ohio Department of Health recommends a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines for moderately and severely immunocompromised people.

The Ohio Department of Health also recommends a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for those who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago and are at a high-risk for exposure to or complications from COVID-19. This includes those 65 years and older or those 18 and older who live in a long-term care setting, have an underlying medical condition, or work or live in a high-risk setting. Boosters are also authorized for those who are immunocompromised and received a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago. All recipients of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible for booster doses.

You can see a chart of who is eligible here and learn more from the Ohio Department of Health.

Vaccines for Children

In the United States, the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for children ages 5 and older. Children ages 5-11 can receive a smaller pediatric dosage of the vaccine while adolescents ages 12 and older are eligible for the same dosage as adults. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently authorized for those 18 and older. Find more information about vaccines for children from the Ohio Department of Health.

No Booster Clinics at Hamilton County DD Services

Hamilton County DD Services does not plan to offer a vaccine clinic for booster shot or for those newly eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier this year, we collaborated with Hamilton County Public Health to operate a clinic because of the scarcity of the vaccine and the desire to help people with disabilities, direct support professionals, and caregivers gain priority access.

Now, vaccines are readily available through local clinics, pharmacies, and primary care physicians, and we encourage you to use those options. If you or a family member receives services from HCDDS and your primary care physician or local pharmacy is not a viable option, you can contact your SSA.

Find a Clinic

If you have questions about getting the vaccine, you can speak with your primary care provider. Visit the Test and Protect Cincinnati website for more information on local vaccine resources. You can also find local vaccine clinics, and schedule your appointment through the Ohio Department of Health’s Get The Shot website.

Lost Vaccination Card

If you received your vaccine at our clinic and lost your vaccination card, please contact Hamilton County Public Health for a replacement, (513 946-7800 or visit this website to request a new card.

  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released COVID-19 materials for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and care providers. These resources include getting the COVID-19 shot, washing your hands, getting a COVID-19 test, as well as wearing a mask and keeping a safe distance until you have gotten your shot. Find them here.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently created the Disability Information Access Line (DIAL) to help people with disabilities find COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The hotline can also provide information and resources to answer questions and address concerns about the vaccines and can connect callers to information and services that promote independent living and address fundamental needs, such as food, housing, and transportation. Call 888-677-1199 Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern) – or – email for assistance.
  • This video features people with disabilities, families, and caregivers talking about why they chose to get vaccinated. “COVID vaccines are working and are giving people freedom to have fun again.”