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October 06, 2022
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6 September 2022

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The mRNA bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines (which we will refer to as updated boosters) from Pfizer and Moderna have been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the Western State’s Scientific Review Workgroup.

The updated COVID-19 booster vaccines now include two components of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The updated boosters add Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spike protein components to the current vaccine composition. This will help restore protection that has waned since the previous vaccination and target more transmissible and immune-evading variants.

Currently, the updated boosters are recommended for people who have completed the COVID19 primary vaccine series and who are 12 years and older. Review the COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule At-a-Glance for further information on the COVID-19 vaccination schedules.

COVID-19 Updated Booster Vaccination Schedule for People who are NOT Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised

  Pfizer Moderna
Ages Eligible People 12 years and older People 18 years and older
Vaccine Schedule
  • Dose 1 (primary)
  • Dose 2 (primary)
  • Dose 3 (updated booster)
  • Dose 1 (primary)
  • Dose 2 (primary)
  • Dose 3 (updated booster)
Time to Full Protection About two weeks after receiving the updated booster About two weeks after receiving the updated booster

In the coming weeks, the CDC also expects to recommend updated COVID-19 boosters for other pediatric groups, per the discussion and evaluation of the data by ACIP on September 1, 2022. When data are available, and FDA authorizes these other types of COVID-19 boosters, CDC will quickly move to help make them available in the United States.

Accessing COVID-19 Updated Boosters in Jackson County

The COVID-19 updated boosters are beginning to arrive throughout Oregon. Not every COVID19 vaccine provider will begin offering the booster vaccine immediately, and accessing the updated boosters will look different than when the COVID-19 vaccines first came out. Therefore, it is best to reach out to your primary care provider, pediatrician, pharmacy, or public health department to see if they will be providing the vaccine and if they are ready to begin vaccinating eligible populations.

The Oregon Health Authority Vaccination Site is Back!
The Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Vaccination site will be back in Jackson County to assist with providing all COVID-19 vaccines, including the COVID-19 booster vaccine. The site is located at The Merrick and will open on Wednesday, September 9, 2022.

  • Location: The Merrick, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford, OR. 97501
  • Hours of Operation:
    • Wednesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
    • Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Jackson County Public Health
Starting September 7, 2022, Jackson County Public Health will begin scheduling appointments for the COVID-19 booster.

  • Location: Jackson County Public Health, 140 South Holly Street, Medford, OR. 97501
  • Phone Number: 541-774-8209
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 11:45 am and 1:00 pm to 4:45 pm.

Jackson County Libraries and other Mobile Events
pecial mobile vaccination events are occurring at a Jackson County Library location near you. Check out the Jackson County Mobile Vaccination Clinic schedule for more information on when vaccines will be available at a Jackson County Library location and for other mobile events.