CHD health departments begin administering Pfizer booster shots

Published: Sep. 25, 2021 at 2:59 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 6:57 PM EDT
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CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Chatham County Health Department began administering Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Georgia Department of Public Health on Monday.

Pfizer booster doses have been approved for the following individuals who received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago:

  • Individuals aged 65 and older
  • Residents in long-term care settings
  • Individuals aged 18 and older with certain underlying medical conditions
  • Individuals aged 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure because of where they work or live

The Chatham County Health Department said there were 282 appointments made for booster doses on Monday. The waiting room was full when WTOC arrived on Monday morning. Most of the people WTOC spoke with said they were eager to get their name on the list for a booster shot.

“We want to make sure we live,” said booster recipient Roy Thompson.

“And everybody else lives too,” said his wife and booster recipient Barbara Thompson. “By us taking the vaccine we can prevent the transmission to other people and it’s so important to get the vaccine because it continues to change into other types of the COVID. You have to look out for everybody else, you just can’t look out for yourself.”

Booster doses have not yet been approved for those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

The Coastal Health District serves Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh Counties. Appointments are required at all sites. To make an appointment at your county’s CHD health department, visit or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Phone Line at 912-230-5506.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, including booster shot eligibility, please visit

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