Retiree community prepares to give booster shots

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – Some Americans are now eligible for a COVD-19 booster dose and senior residences are preparing to distribute the injections.

The booster dose has now been approved for people over 65, residents of nursing homes, people with underlying health conditions, and people at increased risk of exposure to COVID- 19 because of their work.

Fayetteville’s retirement community Butterfield Trail Village said many of their residents have received the Moderna vaccine and will still be awaiting advice on whether or not they will receive a booster dose. Toni Morgan, director of nursing, said the facility plans to offer booster shots to its residents who have received the Pfizer vaccine.

“By working with social work on campus, compiling a list of people who have received Pfizer, and then when we have full approval, we will set up clinics for them to receive that booster here,” he said. Morgan said.

Morgan said older populations may have waning immunity, which is part of why they’re now eligible for boosters.

“People’s age and their immune systems combined with the comorbidities make them more susceptible to a serious outcome,” Morgan said.

Morgan said if recalls are approved for the Moderna vaccine, Butterfield will also run booster clinics for its residents who have received this vaccine.


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