Incident Command Update: Friday, Sept. 24, 2021
This week, the FDA approved the use of a COVID-19 booster for specific populations, including those over 65, those who are immunocompromised and those who work in health care. Here’s what we know right now:
- All Children’s staff who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to receive the booster.
- At this time, the booster is optional. Children’s does not require the booster shot; however, the initial vaccination for COVID-19 is required.
- The booster is ONLY available for those who received Pfizer the first time. A Moderna booster is not yet approved so if you received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, this does not apply to you.
- The booster can be received six months after your initial vaccination series.
- The booster is still recommended if you have had COVID-19, but you should not get the booster if you are currently experiencing symptoms or have tested positive with an active infection.
Because such a small percentage of Children’s workforce received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Children’s is not currently planning an on-site booster clinic. But the Pfizer COVID-19 booster is widely available in our community, and eligible employees are encouraged to schedule a booster appointment at a community pharmacy such as Walgreens, CVS, HyVee or Walmart. If you are a physician who is also employed by UNMC, you may receive your flu shot and your COVID-19 Pfizer booster at UNMC. Please note: If you receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster elsewhere, please share those records with Employee Health immediately following the shot.
Click here to learn more about signing up for a booster or flu shot at UNMC.
This situation is rapidly evolving and Incident Command is committed to sharing information in a timely and transparent manner. Please continue to check your email, myChildren’s or The Pulse for updates on the COVID-19 booster, as well as vaccination in children ages 5 through 11. Thank you for your continued dedication to keeping yourselves, your colleagues and our patients safe.