If you’ve been awaiting news of a how, when and where to get that highly anticipated third booster shot, the time has come.
The City of Bainbridge Island in cooperation with Bainbridge Prepares is scheduling its next booster clinic for Saturday, October 30th at the Commodore Options School lower gym. This clinic will offer only Moderna and Pfizer boosters.
The Food and Drug Administration recently gave its full approval for the booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The booster is advised for those 65 years and older and others who are at higher risk of severe disease because of health conditions or exposure at their jobs.
Separately, local authorities are cancelling its COVID-19 test site operations at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church on Monday, October 25th out of “an abundance of caution” due to concerns over the potential for significant wind and rain on Sunday and Monday. For more information on the test site and to learn how to schedule an appointment, visit: COVID-19 test site operations.
Furthermore, Kitsap Public Health District and the Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center will be operating a testing site at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds (sheep barn), located at 1200 Fairgrounds Rd NW in Bremerton. The test site will operate 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.
If you are immuno-compromised and looking to book an appointment for your third dose, please call the Bainbridge Island Community Pharmacy or book an appointment online with Walgreens, Safeway, or Rite Aid. A full list of providers in Kitsap is available on the Kitsap Public Health District page.
The current guidance states that individuals are eligible for a booster if they are over 65, over 50 with certain health conditions or 18 and over and have an occupational risk. If you meet these criteria, authorities say, you may get your booster dose six months (second dose on or before April 30) after your second Pfizer or Moderna vaccination or two months (initial dose on or before August 30) after your Johnson and Johnson/Janssen vaccination.
Pfizer appointments will be available in the morning and Moderna appointments will be available in the afternoon.
Local authorities will continue to monitor approvals for 5- to 11-year-olds and expect approval in early November.