How to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster

OROVILLE — COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are widely available in Butte County.

The Pfizer or Moderna booster is authorized six months after the first two doses of the vaccines. The J&J booster is authorized two months after receiving the first dose. Anybody over the age of 18 can get the booster as long as it follows the appropriate amount of time after their primary vaccination.

Mix-and-match boosters are also available. This means that the booster dose does not have to be the same brand of vaccine as the primary vaccination.

There are several ways to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Butte County Public Health website, the Chico Community Vaccination Clinic will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. today and Thursday.

Today, the clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine to ages 12 and over and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. On Thursday, the clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Appointments are recommended at this clinic.

The Oroville Community Vaccination Clinic will offer booster doses from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 at the Oroville Sports Club. Walk ins will be accepted until supplies run out, but appointments are recommended.

Appointments for the community vaccination clinics can be scheduled at MyTurn.ca.gov. It is required to bring a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination card to the booster dose vaccination appointment.

In addition to these community clinics, Chico State has partnered with Rite Aid to host on-campus vaccination clinics for the COVID-19 vaccine. This clinic is open to all Chico State students and to the public.

The clinic will offer first doses, second doses and the booster dose to all eligible individuals over the age of 18. It will also offer the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, mix and matching for the booster dose will be allowed. The clinic will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 in the Bell Memorial Union, room 203. Walk ins are welcome.

The Northern Valley Indian Health Vaccination Clinic in Chico is also offering the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This clinic is at the Masonic Lodge located at 1110 W. East Ave. in Chico and is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 530-781-1447.

According to the Orchard Hospital Vaccination Clinic in Gridley, it is offering the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday at the Medical Specialty Center located at 284 Spruce St. in Gridley. Walks ins are welcome or an appointment can be scheduled by calling 530-846-9080.

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