The move comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and the Texas Department of State Health Services all authorized the booster shot for those who meet certain criteria and who originally received the Moderna vaccine.
“We are eager to send out messages to our community members now eligible for Moderna booster vaccines,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads said in an Oct. 22 news release. “Offering drive-thru and indoor vaccination options throughout Denton County allows community members to pick and choose a vaccine location that best fits their needs, whether for their first dose or a booster.”
The county health department has been offering Pfizer vaccine booster shots since Sept. 28.
All COVID-19 vaccinations are available for free through Denton County Public Health.
People who were originally vaccinated through Denton County Public Health will automatically receive a notice to schedule a booster dose when they are eligible.
A booster shot is recommended for those who have waited six months or more since their second Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and meet one of the following factors:
- They are 65 years old or older; or
- They are age 18 or older and live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions, or work or live in high-risk settings.
Those who were vaccinated elsewhere may get a booster vaccine through their original provider. They may also join Denton County Public Health’s Vaccine Interest Portal Waitlist. Appointments may be made within 24 to 48 hours after registration, according to the website.
The county’s online scheduling system currently does not allow mixing vaccine doses from different manufacturers, according to the news release. More information will be made available on that at a later date, the county stated.
The county offers COVID-19 vaccines to anyone age 12 years old and up with an appointment at one of its vaccination clinics.
According to the county’s website, as of Oct. 18, it has administered:
- 207,226 first doses;
- 198,623 second doses;
- 1,225 third doses; and
- 14,768 boosters
For more information, visit https://dentoncounty.gov/vaccine. The Denton County Public Health department's COVID-19 call center is available to answer questions in English and in Spanish from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 940-349-2585.