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.
CDC recommends that people ages 5 years and older receive one updated (bivalent) booster if it has been at least 2 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose, whether that was:
- Their final primary series dose, or
- An original (monovalent) booster
People who have gotten more than one original (monovalent) booster are also recommended to get an updated (bivalent) booster.
For more information visit the CDC Stay Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters website.
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.