A steady stream of people arrived for COVID-19 testing Monday at the Marshall County Health Department as case numbers remained similar to last week.
“Every single slot is filled,” said health department director Sue Rhodes of Monday’s 41 testing requests.
The health department reported 83 active cases with eight people hospitalized with the virus.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened vaccine booster shots to all adults on Friday.
Federal health officials urged those over 50 to get their boosters. COVID case counts are surging in many states just when people are headed into the holiday gathering season.
Those who get the booster must have already completed a primary two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months prior.
The FDA also authorized a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 years and older who completed a single dose of Johnson & Johnson at least two months prior.
People can mix and match the boosters from any company, the FDA said.
At the Marshall County Health Department, Pfizer pediatric vaccine is also available for any child ages 5-11 years of age. Vaccinations are by appointment on Tuesdays. To make an appointment, people should call 785-562-3485.
Primary (first and second) doses of any of the COVID-19 vaccines are available by appointment as well on Tuesdays. People are asked to call in advance if possible.
“All of these COVID boost vaccines are currently available at the Marshall County Health Department on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a walk-in basis,” said a news release from the health department late last week. “Please bring your white COVID vaccination card with you.”
“Available data right now show that all three of the COVID-19 vaccines approved in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death, even against the delta variant,” according to a Kansas Department of Health and Environment news release. “Vaccination remains the best way to protect people and reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging.”