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Lompoc Valley Medical Center now offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster to those eligible

LOMPOC, Calif. - Kim Daniels loves her grandkids.

So when it comes to the pandemic, she's emotional.

"One has only one kidney … and everybody who doesn’t get a COVID-19 shot is endangering my grandson … it
scares me because it’s so easy to get a shot," said Daniels.

Daniels already received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

And she’s thrilled to know the vaccine booster is already available at Lompoc
Valley Medical Center.

"… I think it’s important that anybody who can get it to get it as soon as
possible because so many strains have been going around now … it’s just
important to get it," said Daniels.

Since the CDC’s authorization of the Pfizer booster, the hospital is offering it to those who are eligible.

"As the data  came out we came to realize that it might be necessary in a
lot of populations … and as they approved it … it was obviously a positive
thing," said chief medical officer Naishadh Buch of the Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

Doctors say they’ve been preparing in anticipation of the approval.

"And so as soon as they approved it … we were ready to go and we started
offering them last Friday," said Buch.

The booster is available for those over the age of 65 and for high-risk
individuals.

As for Daniels, she isn’t wasting any time protecting herself from COVID-19.

"I’m going to get it as soon as possible," said Daniels.

Appointments are available at myturn.ca.gov for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster being administered at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

Appointments are strongly encouraged.

But walk-ins will be accommodated if space permits.

The Moderna vaccine is not currently approved for a booster shot, but immunocompromised people can get an additional (3rd) dose at least 28 days after their second shot.  

LVMC’s vaccination clinic will be open from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 for the Pfizer booster and Moderna additional doses.

The vaccination clinic will be open from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, for first and second doses, Pfizer boosters and Moderna additional doses.

The clinic will be open from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 for Pfizer boosters and Moderna additional doses only.

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Patricia Martellotti

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