On Friday, the committee will discuss data on using a booster dose different from the one used in the primary series, most often called “mixing and matching.” It will also consider an emergency use authorization request for boosters of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for adults 18 and older.
As the weather becomes cooler, Public Health officials remind residents to continue to follow local guidance in planning safer gatherings. Outdoor activities are preferable to indoor activities as Humboldt County continues to be designated as an area of high transmission by the CDC. Important tips for making gatherings safer include:
For more planning safety recommendations, see the Humboldt County guidance for gatherings and events and the CDC’s guidance for small and large gatherings.
Wear masks indoorsLimit the number of participantsAdjust the layout of the space to allow for physical distancingEnhance the ventilation of the indoor space.
An advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today recommended that the agency grant emergency use authorization for a booster dose of the Moderna vaccine for people aged 65 and older and those 18 and older at higher risk of serious COVID-19 disease because of their medical conditions or jobs.
The FDA is expected to make an official decision on boosters for both vaccines sometime in the coming days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is then expected to meet sometime in the next week to discuss who will be recommended to receive them. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Health officials continue to urge residents — particularly those who are unvaccinated — to get tested if they are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
No-cost testing is available through OptumServe seven days a week at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka. Mobile testing sites are scheduled throughout the county most weekdays. For more information about testing, go to humboldtgov.org/covidtestregistration.
The county’s vaccination and testing services are available free of charge. Appointments for Public Health vaccination clinics are not required but are recommended due to an increase in demand for additional doses and boosters. Sign up in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov. For instructions in English and Spanish on how to use My Turn, go to humboldtgov.org/VaccineInfo. See the schedule below for specific clinic dates, times, locations and available services:
Eureka — Friday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wharfinger Building (1 Marina Way) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna No testing available at this clinic. PCR testing offered through OptumServe on lower floor of Wharfinger Building. Miranda — Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. South Fork High School (6831 Avenue of the Giants) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available
Eureka — Sunday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. College of the Redwoods (7351 Tompkins Hill Road) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available Eureka — Monday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m. Public Health Main Office (529 I St.) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna No testing available
Garberville — Wednesday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed from noon to 1 p.m. Public Health Office (727 Cedar St.) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available Orick — Thursday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Orick Elementary School (120918 US-101) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available
Willow Creek — Tuesday, Oct. 19, 3 to 5 p.m. Public Health Office (77 Walnut Way) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available Weitchpec — Tuesday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Yurok Tribal Office (CA-96) Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna PCR and rapid testing available