What you need to know about Vaccines and Infusion Treatment
December 14, 2021
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation continues to work with the City and County of El Paso to promote health and prevent disease in the region. Below is updated information on COVID-19 vaccines, flu shots and Monoclonal Antibody infusion treatment.
At six months after receiving the second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, all people 16 years and older are eligible for and should receive a COVID-19 booster shot, unless medically contraindicated. Adults 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, can get a booster after two months. Be aware that Moderna offers both a full 3rd dose or a booster, which is a half dose for those people at lower risk.
Vaccinations are the best line of defense to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19 sickness and death. The booster is provided at no out-of-pocket cost to you. The downtown convention center is open during the day with available appointments. To schedule your booster appointment, visit reducetherisk915.org or epcovidvaccine.com.
Now is time to get the flu shot. The City of El Paso offers various convenient locations for free flu shots. The flu shot is available at no cost for individuals two-years of age and older. For more information, visit bepowerflu.com.
Patients who have received a positive test result for COVID-19 should talk with their doctor to determine if the monoclonal antibody infusion treatment is right for them. The infusion treatment is used for mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients and patients qualifying as high-risk of progressing to severe COVID-19, with the goal being to reduce the severity of symptoms.
The monoclonal antibody infusion treatment is used in patients who meet the following criteria:
- COVID-19 positive
- Non-hospitalized adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older
- Mild to moderate symptoms
- Within 10 days of symptom onset
- No current need for supplemental oxygen
All monoclonal antibody infusion treatments will take place at The Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus. No overnight hospital stay is needed. Click here for more information and referral form.
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