The Wayne County Health Department is providing booster shots for people who previously received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have authorized a booster Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, also known by the brand name Comirnaty, to those who have been vaccinated for six months and are at high risk for serious illness or exposure.

Wayne County previously has administered Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The boosters announced Sept. 27 by the county are only for people who have received the Pfizer vaccine. No booster is currently authorized for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients.

To receive a booster shot, a person must be fully vaccinated for six months with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and be in one of the following groups:

• 65 years or older.

• Residents in long- term care.

• 18 years or older with underlying medical conditions.

• 18-64 years and work in high-risk settings such as health care workers, teachers and child care providers or food workers.

“These vaccines are still very effective,” Dr. James Stackhouse, medical director at the Wayne County Health Department, said Sept. 27 in a news release from the county.

“Over time, vaccine protection against COVID-19 starts to drop. Boosters are very common with other vaccines, and we are still learning how long protection will last with the COVID-19 vaccines currently available.”

The booster shots are being given by the Wayne County Health Department by appointment only. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, visit www.waynegov.com/vaccine.

For additional information on the COVID-19 vaccine or additional doses, visit http://myspot.nc.gov/.