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Metro Health recommends COVID-19 vaccines, booster shots ahead of holiday season

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District offered recommendations on ways to celebrate the holiday season safely today.

The biggest recommendation is for all eligible residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and/or receive a booster shot.

Children ages 5 years and older are able to receive the vaccine. The CDC recommended the vaccine for children earlier this month.

“Parents now have peace of mind knowing their children will be protected from COVID-19 when they are at school or around adults who might be unvaccinated,” Judge Wolff said. “We also know that children can spread the coronavirus even if they are not showing symptoms. By getting vaccinated, they help to break the chain of transmission.”

Residents 18 years and older are eligible to get a booster shot.

“Boosters are important because they offer extra protection against COVID-19 for those who are already fully vaccinated,” Metro Health Director Claude A. Jacob said. “Metro Health has plenty of vaccine supply available to provide booster doses to all eligible residents, so we encourage individuals to get a booster as the holidays kick into full gear.”

The CDC recommends that people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine receive a booster at least two months after initial inoculation. Moderna and Pfizer recipients should receive a booster at least six months after the second dose is administered.

Other safety recommendations include wearing a mask when shopping for gifts regardless of vaccination status and to enjoy holiday meals and events in outdoor or well-ventilated venues.

Metro Health urges residents who are sick or have symptoms to not host or attend events, and that people with symptoms or are have been in close contact with someone who does should get tested. Do not host or attend gatherings while awaiting a test result.

A list of vaccination clinics is available at ccovid19.sanantonio.gov . Residents can also call 3-1-1 and select option 8 to learn where pop-up clinics are.

Walk-up vaccinations are available at the Alamodome drive-thru clinic in Lot B Monday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m.

Roll up your sleeves: Kids’ turn arrives for COVID-19 shots



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