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The Tennessee Department of Health began offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain populations today. 

A single dose booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can be administered for individuals who meet the following criteria:

• People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings may receive a booster shot vaccine at least 6 months after their primary series;

• People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot vaccine at least 6 months after their primary series;

• People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot at least 6 months after primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks; and

• People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot at least 6 months after their primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Booster doses are not to be confused with a third dose, according to Lincoln County Health Department. The department continues to give third doses of Pfizer and Moderna for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. 

Local health departments across the state will be administering the booster dose. Information on appointment availability can be found at https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/availability/. Appointments are not required.

The Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program is facilitating on-site vaccination for residents in long-term care facilities. Additional vaccine providers offering the Pfizer vaccine can be found by visiting http://www.vaccines.gov. Patients do not need to prove their diagnosis or health condition to be eligible for the booster dose.