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Here's who is eligible to get a third dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

Houston Methodist says 800 third doses were administered within hours of opening Monday morning.

HOUSTON — A lot of Houstonians are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.

It’s open to certain groups of people who got the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention separated eligible groups into two categories: those who should and those who may get boosters.

  • Seniors 65 years old and up should get a booster shot
  • People 50 years old and up with underlying medical conditions should get the third dose
  • People 18 years old and up with underlying medical conditions may get a booster shot
  • Workers whose jobs put them at risk of getting the virus may get the third dose
Credit: KHOU

Memorial Hermann and Houston Methodist started administering third doses on Monday.

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“We’ve had almost a tripling of appointments as opposed to last week,” said Dr. James McCarthy with Memorial Hermann Health System.

“We opened at 8 am. Within a two-and-a-half-hour period, we had vaccinated over 900 people in total. Of that amount, 800 were third doses,” said Tesha Montgomery with Houston Methodist.

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Although the demand is high, so is the supply this time around. Those eligible can get Pfizer booster shots through hospitals or pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreens.

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