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On September 22, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of a Pfizer-BioNTech primary series for specific populations.

On September 23, 2021, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend a single Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster dose in certain populations at least 6 months after a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 primary series under FDA EUA, and CDC’s Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed ACIP’s recommendation, and also recommended a booster dose for those in high-risk occupational and institutional settings. The updated interim guidance from CDC recommends a booster at least 6 months after a Pfizer primary series under FDA EUA for the following populations:

  • Individuals aged 65 years and older and Long-Term Care Facility Residents should receive a booster of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
  • Individuals aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
  • Individuals aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on individual benefit and risk.
  • Individuals aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

The ACIP booster dose recommendation only applies to individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for their primary series. There is currently no booster recommendation for those who received the J&J or Moderna vaccine for their primary series.

If you meet the above eligibility, you can schedule your third dose of Pfizer at or call 888-217-3904 for assistance.

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The Delta variant is spreading and COVID-19 cases are increasing across the country, prompting the CDC to update guidance for fully vaccinated people.

Based on the CDC’s interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people, check out the DHD#10 COVID-19 Transmission Tracker Map to see if your county is recommended to mask up indoors, even if fully vaccinated. This map will be updated weekly, or check it out daily on the CDC website.

The current map reflects data from 9/30/21-10/6/21

September 30 - October 6, 2021

September 30 - October 6, 2021

Public health as a whole strives to protect and improve the health of families and communities by promoting and supporting healthy lifestyles, conducting research, and through the detection and control of infectious diseases (CDC Foundation.) As your local health department, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is dedicated to supporting communities through population-based efforts to achieve better health outcomes and wellbeing for all.

District Health Department #10 is the largest geographic health department in Michigan, serving ten counties including Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oceana, and Wexford.

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Public Health Matters

Make Handwashing a Healthy Habit
Posted on Wednesday September 29, 2021

If there was a way to help prevent illness wouldn’t you want to know about it? Well, there is! One of the best ways to prevent illness is simply by washing your hands! In just five simple steps, you can reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. WET – wet... Read More

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Posted on Wednesday September 29, 2021

It comes around every year in October, and this October is no exception.  It is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about breast cancer risks, the importance of screenings, and options for treatment. Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women... Read More

National Health Education Week
Posted on Wednesday September 29, 2021

Join District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) in celebrating National Health Education Week  – October 18-22, 2021!  The focus of this celebration is on increasing national awareness on major public health issues and promoting a better understanding of the role of health education. The theme for this year is... Read More

Safe Sleep for Babies
Posted on Wednesday September 29, 2021

October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month and to recognize this important observance, DHD#10 reminds parents and caregivers of techniques that can help to substantially reduce the infant death rate in Michigan. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is Michigan’s leading cause of preventable infant death. Michigan currently ranks 37th among states for overall infant... Read More

National Preparedness Month: September 2021
Posted on Thursday September 02, 2021

  If nothing else, COVID-19 has taught us to expect the unexpected. Disasters and emergency situations can happen to anyone at any time and they don’t wait for us to feel prepared. It’s important to ensure safety and protect your loved ones by preparing for disasters and emergencies throughout the year. This September, take the... Read More

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