State's Top Doc Calls For More People To Be Vaccinated

Vaccinated Rhode Islanders planning to attend Thanksgiving gatherings this week are urged to get booster shots. The director of the state Department of Health, Doctor Nicole Alexander-Scott, says booster doses are critical to limit serious illness from coronavirus. She says those who get a booster shot start to build additional immunity almost immediately.

"Booster doses are a critical tool in our fight to limit serious illness from COVID-19, and to limit transmission of COVID-19," said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. "When you get a booster dose, you start to build some additional immunity almost right away. Everyone who is 18 and older, who is already fully vaccinated, and who plans to see family and friends on Thanksgiving should get a booster dose as soon as possible to help protect themselves and the people they love."

According to the doctor, Rhode Islanders 18 and older who received two doses of Pfizer vaccine, two doses of Moderna vaccine, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. People are eligible for booster doses at least six months after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or at least two months after receiving a dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Doctor Scott says she does not want to see the state lose ground to the virus.

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