LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — You can now get your COVID-19 booster shot in Tippecanoe County, and it comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Pfizer's booster.
"I'm on the side of more protection than not," said West Lafayette resident Chris Coller.
West Lafayette resident Chris Coller got his COVID-19 booster in August and was able to do so because he's immunocompromised due to a kidney transplant nine years ago.
Coller said it's already paying off.
"I just got back from a trip to California and someone that went with me tested positive for COVID," Coller said. "I tested negative just today."
He's also a WLFI employee and didn't want to risk passing COVID to co-workers.
"I think the third shot did contribute to that somewhat although I did take many other measures when I was on my trip," Coller added.
The Tippecanoe County Health Department started giving booster shots Friday.
To get it you must be 65 or older, a long-term care facility resident or ages 50 to 64 with underlying health conditions.
It's also based on individual benefit and risk in people 18 or older with underlying medical concerns or if you are between the ages of 18 to 64 with an increased risk of exposure and transmission due to your job.
"It's up to you because we're not asking for proof," said County Health Department Administrator Khala Hochstedler.
Hochstedler said it's important to get the booster even if you had a breakthrough case.
"Because your antibodies from COVID-19 the disease typically wane within 90 days," she added.
Coller recommends it to anyone wanting to take another step toward ending the pandemic.
"Just to protect yourself and others," Coller said.
The Tippecanoe County COVID-19 vaccination clinic is moving from its current location on Maple Point Drive.
Starting Thursday, it will be located at the former YMCA behind the fairgrounds on J R Hiatt Drive.