New COVID booster shot now available

There is a new vaccine in town.

The previous COVID-19 boosters were the same medicine as the primary series.

There is a new booster available.

“The new bivalent booster includes the original COVID strain along with Omicron variants,” according to Gaughn’s Drug Store Clinical Coordinator and Project Manager Justin Scholl.

The new booster is recommended for “everyone 12 and older,” he said.

Those medicines are already moving in Warren County with more on the way.

“We received an initial shipment of Moderna boosters two weeks ago and have since administered all of those doses via appointments at our store,” Scholl said. “We expect to get a shipment of Pfizer this week and will have that available as soon as possible via a combination of in-store appointments and clinics at the Allegheny Community Center in collaboration with the Area Agency on Aging.”

Those interested may keep their eyes on the store’s website – www.gaughns.com.

“Once we have the product in hand, we will have appointment schedulers available on our website for both in-store and any available clinics,” Scholl said. “Unfortunately, supply seems to be a bit limited at this time, so we hope to get as much product in as soon as possible to meet the needs of the community.”

“As always, folks can check our website, Facebook or call the store for more information,” he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the primary series for children ages six months through four years, a primary series and one original (monovalent) booster for those ages five to 11 years, and a bivalent booster for everyone ages 12 and older who has received a primary series. The bivalent booster can be administered any time at least two months after a person’s last vaccine – whether primary series or booster.

For now, only the Pfizer bivalent booster is available for those ages 12 to 17, according to CDC.

The vaccine is recommended for those who have already had COVID-19.

“Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19,” according to CDC.


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