HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Hospital will be giving booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines beginning Wednesday morning at the John Hunt Park community vaccination clinic.
However, many of the appointments have already been filled, with sign-ups closed on the hospital’s website. As of Wednesday afternoon, the next available appointments are on Wednesday, October 6. Early reservations are strongly encouraged.
News 19 spoke with several people during the opening day about why they decided to get the booster.
“Well, I thought it would help me,” said Bobbie Harrelson. Bruce Lee echoed a similar message: “Well we just want to stay on top of it. We don’t want it to come back and haunt us. That’s why we’re doing it.”
For similar reasons, Dr. George Harriman, a Huntsville Hospital physician, is recommending the shot.
“If you’re in a high-risk group, the booster shot is a good thing for you,” he said. Those 65 years and up, along with those 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions, or who live or work in high-risk settings are eligible for the booster.
Of course, before seeing out the booster, people must first have received the original shots. Huntsville Hospital’s Community Vaccination Clinic continues to offer these as well.
“People that are in the hospital, people that are in the ICU, people that are on the ventilators, people that are dying of COVID — 95 plus percent of them are unvaccinated,” said Dr. Harriman. “If you want to prevent being in the hospital and getting sick, being vaccinated is a good idea.”
Anyone getting the booster shot must have waited at least six months after receiving their second shot of the initial two-shot Pfizer regimen.
Those who took the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines do not qualify for the booster shot.
Appointments must be made to receive the booster shot on the Huntsville Hospital website.