Montgomery County begins giving booster shots

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In a space once used as a furniture store in the sprawling King of Prussia Mall, the Montgomery County government injected its first Pfizer boosters on Monday.

The deployment of the boosters in the county of 800,000 residents came just days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved booster shots for millions of Americans 65 years of age or older, particularly vulnerable to the virus and workers frontline.

Hank and Margie Hoffman said they came for reminders with their three young grandchildren in mind.

“We have grandchildren,” said Margie Hoffman. “They can’t get the vaccine yet, so we’re still worried about them. We want to be as protected as possible.”

The Hoffmans were among a group of 60 people who signed up for recalls at the mall. The county offers booster shots at three other county sites, including West Midland Road in Willow Grove.

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Kaylyn Roberts, who works for the Montgomery County Health Department, said residents who arrive for their shots want a boost.

“We are giving them this blow to boost immunity to what it was a few months ago,” she explained.

In addition to older and potentially vulnerable Americans, frontline workers are also eligible for a Pfizer recall if they are six months away from their last shot and prove they are eligible. Montgomery County does not verify resident eligibility requests.

Health officials have said there are plenty of booster shots, they hope there is equal interest in taking them.

Hank Hoffman said he believed the recall would further protect him and called today a “big day.”

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