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Still got questions about updated COVID-19 boosters? We’ve got answers.

It’s been almost 3 weeks since new bivalent COVID-19 boosters became available in Pierce County. Since then, more than 12,000 of you have gotten a dose. That’s great news! You’re now better protected against the latest omicron variants.

Some of you still have questions about these boosters. In case you missed it, we answered many of them in a previous Your Reliable Source blog. But we’ve also received some new questions, and we wanted to give you updates.

Who can receive the bivalent boosters?

Everyone 12 and older is eligible for a COVID-19 bivalent booster at least 2 months after your primary vaccination or most recent booster.

Our supply of updated boosters has increased. We now offer Pfizer bivalent boosters for people 12 and older at most of our COVID-19 vaccine events. You can find them at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture. We recommend getting an appointment. You can also find doses through your doctor or pharmacy.

Supplies of Moderna bivalent COVID-19 boosters are still limited. We expect to have more of those doses soon. Moderna boosters are for everyone 18 or older at least 2 months after your primary vaccination or most recent booster. If you received a Moderna dose for primary vaccination or a booster, you can still get a Pfizer updated booster.

Should you wait to get a booster if you recently had COVID-19?

You can get a booster if you have completed your 5-day isolation period and no longer have symptoms and it’s been at least 2 months after your primary vaccination or most recent booster.

CDC says people who recently had a COVID-19 infection may consider delaying their next COVID-19 dose by 3 months from symptom onset or positive test. Studies have shown that increased time between infection and vaccination may result in an improved immune response to vaccination.

As the fall holidays and travel season approaches, you may also want to time your bivalent booster appropriately. If you are planning to travel or attend a large gathering, consider getting your bivalent booster at least 2 weeks beforehand to help increase your protection.  

In every situation it’s also still important to continue to use safe public health practices.

When will Bivalent boosters be available for younger kids?

CDC expects COVID-19 bivalent boosters to be available for children aged 5-11 years by mid-October. That depends on authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

It’s almost flu season. Should you get a booster and a flu shot?

Yes. CDC has no recommended waiting period between flu and COVID-19 vaccines or booster doses. You can get them at the same visit.

Is the COVID-19 pandemic over?

For many people, life has returned to normal. And our case and hospitalization rates are lower than they’ve been in 6 months. This is great news.

But COVID-19 is still spreading. We continue to report COVID-19 deaths in Pierce County just about every week. And it still presents a dangerous health threat.

Vaccination helps lower that threat. Unvaccinated people in Pierce County are hit harder by COVID-19. If infected, they are 6 times more likely to be hospitalized and 7 times more likely to die.

Vaccines and the new bivalent booster help protect you and your family. Find your dose today at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture.

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