Princeton Health Department to offer COVID-19 booster vaccines beginning Sept. 20

If you received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine eight months ago or more, you will be able to get a booster shot from the Princeton Health Department beginning on Sept. 20. The health department anticipates hosting regular booster clinics starting then. More details will be available soon.

Since July 8, there have been 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Princeton. Of those cases, 29 cases, or 68.4% of the confirmed cases, have been breakthrough infections. Breakthrough infections are infections in people who have been vaccinated.

Some fully vaccinated people become infected again and get sick, but it is important to note that the vaccine still provides them with strong protection against serious illness and death. Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. But fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others.

To reduce the risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others, the CDC recommends that you wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas with substantial transmission rates, that you get tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and that your get tested three to five days after exposure If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19. You should also wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until you receive a negative COVID-19 test result. You should isolate if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days or you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.