Kosciusko County Public Health Officer Dr William Remington and his wife took advantage of the Indiana State Department of Health’s presence at the Center Lake Pavilion on Monday and received booster shots from Pfizer .

He said they were happy to get the free injections and that more eligible people should receive the COVID-19 booster injections.

ISDH was at the Pavilion from Monday to Wednesday.

The recall shots were part of the discussion at Wednesday’s COVID-19 press conference at City Hall. The next press conference is scheduled for October 13 at 8:30 a.m.

“The surge in the delta has just been a real deal. This has been bad, ”Remington said. “The booster dose strategy is really effective.”

He said it was easier for the nation of Israel to take a comprehensive approach to the pandemic because it has a smaller population and a national health program.

“They had a highly immune population but yet started to see hospitalizations and deaths increase again with (the) delta (variant),” Remington said. “They really quickly started saying, ‘Hey, we need a booster here,’ and they had some evidence and they started to increase the population very quickly. And, in no time, it really caught the fire of this thing. Hospitalizations softened very quickly.

He said there is some evidence that getting a booster dose will, at least for a few months, increase neutralizing antibodies. “It’s not just about this science. It softens the hospital admission rate. Deaths are lower. So I think the recall strategy is very legitimate, ”he said, especially for those most at risk.

Remington said the patient’s age is still one of the key statistical measures of the likelihood of a poor outcome with COVID and delta “has certainly demonstrated this. So offer this booster to people 65 and over, and to those with pre-existing conditions, and it’s a generous list of pre-existing conditions or high-risk occupations.

Mayor Joe Thalemer, to clarify, said that if a person had a Pfizer round of shots, they were eligible for the Pfizer recall. However, if they had a Moderna or J&J main fire, where are they with the boosters?

“Stay tuned,” Remington replied. “These tips should arrive” with Moderna in a few weeks.

“And it’s not interchangeable?” Can’t get a Pfizer booster if you had one (one of the others)? Thallemer asked.

“There just isn’t good data as I understand it to say yes or no,” Remington replied. “I’m not saying it’s a disaster to cross paths with, but I wouldn’t. I would just wait for the advice.

Developing the boosters, Remington said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the following groups receive a third dose of Pfizer: people 65 and older, people 18 and older in long-term care facilities. , people 50 to 64 years old with the medical conditions. You may also receive a reminder if you are between 18 and 49 years old and have underlying health conditions; people aged 18 to 64 at increased risk of exposure and transmission to COVID due to a professional / institutional setting such as a healthcare worker.

The CDC firmly states that there are groups at increased risk of COVID-19, including first responders (health workers, firefighters, police, caregivers), education staff, teachers, support staff, day care workers, food and agriculture workers, manufacturing workers, correctional workers, U.S. postal workers, transit workers, and grocery store workers.

Remington said the third dose of Pfizer is “very safe and effective in my opinion”.

When asked if the Pfizer recall was widely available, Remington replied that he believed it was, but did not have a list of what every pharmacy had.