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Press Release

Release Date: May 03, 2022
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its recommendation to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people age 50 or older to receive an additional booster dose.

The recommendations also include an additional booster for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“Protection from infection and/or severe illness from COVID-19 obtained by way of vaccination and/or infection and recovery from COVID-19 regresses over time,” Dr. John Krueger, under secretary of medical staff at the Chickasaw Nation, said. “Certain individuals, such as those over age 50 and those with immunocompromising conditions, are at higher risk for becoming infected and acquiring more severe disease.

“The recent FDA approvals and CDC recommendations for COVID-19 boosters illustrate the importance of receiving a booster. If a loved one or someone you know is in one of these higher risk groups, I strongly recommend that persons consider receiving an additional booster when it is time and should they fall into one of these eligible categories.”

The additional booster dose should be given at least four months after the initial booster, or third dose, of the vaccine. Adults who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may receive a second booster using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna. Chickasaw Nation vaccination sites exclusively offer the Pfizer vaccine. The CDC allows using different vaccines for booster doses, regardless of the vaccine used for the primary dose(s).

Data from the CDC continues to show the importance of vaccination and booster doses to protect from infection and serious illness from the virus and its variants. This is especially important for older adults with underlying medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, HIV, heart disease, neurological conditions, diseases affecting the kidney or liver, and those with disabilities.

Those wishing to receive primary vaccination or a booster dose should pre-register at COVIDVaccine.Chickasaw.net  and bring their vaccination card to be updated on-site.

The Chickasaw Nation continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to everyone, regardless of tribal citizenship, employment or state residency.

For more information, contact the Chickasaw Nation COVID-19 call center at (580) 272-1339.