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The FDA and the CDC authorized third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines on August 13, 2021, for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and on September 23, 2021, the CDC approved boosters for people over 65 and those in “high risk occupational and institutional settings” who received the Pfizer vaccine 6 or more months ago.   

Please be aware that Emory Healthcare will not be opening the Northlake Vaccination Center to accommodate boosters. As we are experiencing this fourth surge of the pandemic, it is important that we focus our staffing resources to care for patients in our hospitals and clinics and to provide COVID-related services that only a healthcare system can provide, including hospital care and monoclonal antibody treatments. If you meet the criteria for a booster, we encourage you to visit vaccines.gov to find a convenient location to receive the vaccine.

Also, it is important to understand that the purpose of boosters is to extend the protection the vaccine provides over time for preventing severe disease, hospitalization and death.  A booster shot will not prevent a breakthrough infection.  We still strongly recommend that you follow CDC guidelines for masking in indoor public places and in outdoor settings when you cannot distance, handwashing and social distancing during this time of high community prevalence of the delta variant.