UAMS Offers Booster COVID Vaccines

By Kate Franks

This clinic also provides seasonal flu vaccines.

In accordance with FDA authorization, third doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine will be administered to those over age 65, those with chronic health conditions who are at risk for severe disease, and those at risk of serious complications due to frequent exposure to the coronavirus at their jobs at least six months after their second dose of the vaccine.

Qualifying health conditions may include being overweight, pregnancy, diabetes, immunosuppression, heart or lung disease, chronic kidney disease, sickle cell disease, neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy or a medical-related technological dependence such as tracheostomy, gastrostomy, or positive pressure ventilation (not related to COVID-19).

Second doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are available two months after the first dose to all recipients of that vaccine. The FDA has also approved a mix-and-match strategy, so recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can also receive a Moderna or Pfizer shot.

The Vaccine Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Appointments are recommended but not required. To schedule an appointment, call 501-686-8960.

The clinic will be closed Saturday, Oct. 23, because of the Razorback game at War Memorial Stadium.

First and second doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are also available. All COVID-19 vaccines are free to the patient and will be billed to the patient’s insurance, if available. Influenza vaccines also will be billed to the patient’s insurance, if available, but patients will be responsible for any remaining balance.

UAMS continues to offer third doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccine to moderate to severely immunocompromised UAMS patients at the Vaccine Clinic at least 28 days after their second dose.

UAMS also offers COVID and influenza vaccines at 25 other sites across the state, including several Central Arkansas locations. Learn more at uams.health/covidvaccine.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 medical residents and fellows, and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

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