GCPH Scheduled to Receive and Provide the New Bivalent Covid-19 Vaccine Boosters This Week
Greene County Public Health (GCPH) officials announced that they will be providing the new Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccine booster for COVID-19 beginning on Friday, September 9, 2022.
The updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters include components of the original virus strain and the Omicron variant. This is called a bivalent vaccine. They are designed to give you broad protection against COVID-19, including better protection against the Omicron variant.
COVID-19 vaccines can help protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. As the virus changes and your immunity naturally decreases over time, you may lose some of that protection. Keep your protection up to date by getting an updated COVID-19 vaccine booster.
According to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The updated COVID-19 boosters are formulated to better protect against the most recently circulating COVID-19 variant. They can help restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination and were designed to provide broader protection against newer variants. This recommendation followed a comprehensive scientific evaluation and robust scientific discussion. If you are eligible, there is no bad time to get your COVID-19 booster and I strongly encourage you to receive it.”
The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent is authorized for use as single booster dose in individuals 18 years of age and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 12 years of age and older. The FDA authorized these bivalent formulations of the vaccines for use as a single booster dose at least two months after completing primary or booster vaccination. GCPH will only be offering Pfizer-BioNTech, as the Moderna bivalent vaccine has not yet been received by the agency.
If you are eligible for an updated COVID-19 vaccine booster, the updated booster you receive does not need to be from the same manufacturer that made the vaccine you received for your primary vaccination or previous booster.