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COVID-19 status update for 11/17/2021

Marin County COVID-19 status update for November 17, 2021 includes booster eligibility broadening in Marin County; How mRNA Vaccines Work; and updated local COVID-19 data.

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The Marin County COVID-19 status update is published on weekdays and as needed to share important news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic and keep the local economy going. We’ll stay here for you.

Marin County Booster Eligibility

In California, booster shots are now available to people age 18 and older if it has been at least six months since their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or at least two months since their first dose of the J&J vaccine.

Marin County Public Health strongly recommends that all eligible residents in higher risk groups — especially seniors 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions — get a booster as soon as possible. In Marin, 80 percent of residents hospitalized with COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated are over 65 years of age.

A number of healthcare partners provide booster vaccines, including medical offices, pharmacies, healthcare systems and community organizations. Members of the public are not required to receive the booster from the same entity that provided their first vaccine series. Newly eligible residents are encouraged to make an appointment for a booster vaccination at: from tomorrow November 18.

Marin County Public Health has scheduled several COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week where booster shots are available. Due to high demand, appointments are required for these locations. Visit our Vaccine Finder page to get more information.

Why do we need booster shots?

Like the flu vaccine, which is distributed every year, vaccines for COVID-19 can lose their potency over time. Studies have shown that the antibodies produced by COVID-19 vaccines begin to decline, which may reduce the protection they provide against the virus. This is to be expected; so we have to keep our defenses against COVID-19 strong by getting a booster dose after a certain amount of time.

How COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work

Ever wondered how mRNA vaccines work? Watch the video created by The Vaccine Makers Project below to learn more.