New COVID Booster Available
by Maghan Bowman on Tuesday, October 4, 2022
New bivalent COVID-19 boosters approved by FDA and CDC will help protect against newest Omicron variants. While the threat of new variants will always remain, this new booster is expected to provide a better degree of protection compared to the original booster dose.
What is a bivalent booster?
The updated (bivalent) boosters are called “bivalent” because they protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5. This is a very common approach to vaccines - our current flu vaccines are quadrivalent meaning they protect against four strains of the flu at the same time.
Why should you get the new booster?
Due to the high COVID infection rates, if it has been at least two months since your last vaccine, you should get the new booster. When we get boosted, we help protect ourselves and others while helping reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
According to the CDC, you are not considered up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines until you have completed the primary series and have received the most recent dose recommended for you by the CDC.
How can I receive the booster?
- Talk to your healthcare provider to set up an appointment
- Use the CDC's Vaccine Finder at www.vaccines.gov
- Coordinate by dialing 211
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