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For Immediate Release
March 30, 2022
Nicole Gibbs


Health Department Offers Second Booster for Ages 50 and Older, Immunocompromised People and J&J Recipients

(Sedgwick County, KS) – Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) is now offering second boosters of COVID-19 vaccine at its Community Vaccine Clinic at 223 S. Main (former downtown Wichita library) and at mobile vaccination clinics around Sedgwick County.

People ages 50 and older can now receive a second booster at least four months after receiving a first booster shot. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has specified that the second booster must be one of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna).

People ages 18-49 who received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine for both their primary series and booster doses can now receive a second mRNA booster four months after their J&J booster dose.

People ages 12 and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised can also receive a second booster – a fifth dose for this group. The second booster must follow the first booster by at least four months, and it must be an mRNA vaccine.

“The decision to offer second boosters helps the groups at higher risk of developing severe disease – immunocompromised people, older people with underlying medical conditions, and the elderly,” said Adrienne Byrne, Director of SCHD.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health & Environment have endorsed the FDA’s authorization of second boosters for these groups.

SCHD provides Pfizer vaccine for ages 5 and over and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine for ages 18 and over. No appointments are necessary; no ID is required. Parent/guardian consent is required for anyone under 18 to receive COVID-19 vaccine.