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Booster vaccines are available to all Americans ahead of the holiday

What you can expect as booster shots become available before the Thanksgiving holiday - 13 On Your Side’s Vince Ybarra reports

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. (KECY, KYMA) - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says all Americans, 18 years and older, can now get a COVID-19 booster shot. It made this approval just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday as more Americans are expected to travel during the holiday season, according to AAA.

Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser, from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said although boosters are available, you should still keep your guard up during this upcoming holiday season.

"I think this year is going to be the most highly variable Thanksgiving celebrations that we've probably ever seen," said Dr. Gonsenhauser.

According to the Imperial County Public Health Department (ICPHD), booster shots have already been made available to particular groups, like folks 65 years and older.

ICPHD said you can mix and match your booster shot. For example, if you’ve received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you can get a Pfizer booster vaccine.

To get get your booster shot, your second dose had to have been administered at least six months ago.

To find a vaccine location, click here.

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Vince Ybarra

Vince Ybarra joined KYMA in June 2021 as our Imperial Valley reporter. He was born and raised in Sacramento, CA.

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