Loudoun County announced Friday that it will begin offering booster shots of the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, in addition to the previously approved Pfizer-BioNTech shot, to eligible residents on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Doses of the three COVID-19 booster shots will be offered by appointment only at the Dulles Town Center clinic, officials said in a statement.

The County also announced that after the CDC and FDA approved the "mixing and matching" of the three vaccines, those seeking a booster shot will be able to choose to receive a vaccine other than the one they first received.

The doses "will provide added protection to recommended groups who are fully vaccinated, but it remains critical that unvaccinated people also get their first doses as soon as possible,” Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend said in the announcement.

“Loudoun County continues to have substantial transmission of the virus in our community, which can be slowed by getting even more people vaccinated,” he added.

The two new booster shot options follow authorization from the Virginia Department of Health for local health departments to administer doses of each. The VDH's authorization in turn follows Centers for Disease and Control recommendations for offering the booster shots to eligible individuals.

COVID-19 booster shots have been recommended by the CDC for individuals 65 years or older, as well as residents of long-term care facilities, as well as people between the ages of 18 and 64 with underlying medical conditions including cancer, chronic liver disease or chronic kidney disease.

Those employed in high-risk settings for COVID-19 transmission such as hospital and home care workers, law enforcement, teachers, restaurant workers, among others, are also eligible to receive a booster shot.

The CDC on Thursday recommended COVID-19 booster shots from Johnson & Johnson and Moderna — along with Pfizer-BioNTech, which had been previously recommended — for the mentioned eligible groups.

Residents seeking a vaccine booster shot will not be required to demonstrate proof of their risk status, county officials said.

Loudoun will continue offering vaccination appointments to individuals 12 years or older who have not received a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals who have been recommended to obtain a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

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