CDC panel backs booster expansion despite concerns
Federal health officials say millions more Americans can get a COVID-19 booster and choose a different vaccine for that shot. The FDA authorized such an expansion of the nation’s booster campaign, also endorsed Thursday by a CDC advisory panel. (Oct. 21)
All three COVID-19 booster shots are available in Indiana.
When scheduling an appointment online at ourshot.in.gov., the website allows for both Pfizer and Moderna boosters to be scheduled, but not Johnson & Johnson. As of Tuesday, Hoosiers are met with the following message:
“Make a booster appointment (Pfizer or Moderna) for the same type of vaccine you already received, but you may choose a different type at your booster appointment. To receive a Johnson & Johnson booster, most sites allow walk-ins or call 211 for an appointment. Check the site listing to see which vaccines are available.”
A spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Health explained that the information for J&J is still being updated.
“The Johnson & Johnson boosters are still being loaded into the system,” she told IndyStar on Monday. “So individuals seeking a J&J booster should call 211 to schedule an appointment or walk in to a clinic that offers Johnson & Johnson.”
The state vaccine dashboard’s main page reiterates that eligible Hoosiers may choose which vaccine to receive as a booster dose — including J&J — and that they can mix and match their booster, as outlined in the CDC’s latest guidelines.
Eligible people seeking a booster dose can still walk into most clinics or call 211 to make an appointment. The state health department offers vaccinations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from noon to 8 p.m., until Saturday, Oct. 30. It’s located in the IndyCar parking lot at 4551 W. 16th St. across from Gate 2.