STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - With COVID cases on the rise in Mississippi, people with special conditions may be able to get even more immunity to the deadly virus.
OCH Regional Medical Center offered COVID booster shots at their weekly vaccine clinic on Friday.
Cindy Walker was one of those patients who came to OCH seeking a booster shot.
“With the Delta variant going like it is I just wanted to have every protection that’s offered," she explained.
The hospital started giving out boosters this week after receiving permission from the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Savannah Brown is the Quality and Infection Control Director at OCH.
She said the extra shot brings reassurance to protection against the virus through this new variant wave.
Brown said at this time only immunocompromised patients can receive the booster shot.
At OCH, you must have a note from your physician requesting the extra shot.
However, the shot itself isn't any different than the shots you first received.
Brown said it's similar to getting a flu shot each year.
“It’s just a little extra reminder to your immune system to know what to fight," explained Brown.
Brown said if you received doses of the Moderna vaccine, you'll get a Moderna booster.
If you got vaccinated through Pfizer, you'll get a Pfizer booster.
However, if you got a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you will also receive the Pfizer booster.