Brunswick County offers updated COVID-19 boosters for everyone aged 12 years and up – BrunswickCountyNC.gov

by | Sep 14, 2022 | COVID-19

Brunswick County offers updated COVID-19 boosters for everyone aged 12 years and up
MEDIA RELEASE BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Health Services is now offering updated boosters of the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible community members aged 12 years and older. Following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) announcement last week, eligible community members across North Carolina can now receive an updated booster to protect against the latest COVID-19 variants. People should get the updated COVID-19 booster two months after they finish their primary series or any booster dose. Brunswick County’s actions are based on recommendations from the CDC, FDA, and evaluation by NCDHHS. The updated booster is referred to as a bivalent vaccine as it targets both the original coronavirus strain and the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants. As of mid-August, these subvariants made up nearly 90% of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina. The new bivalent vaccine relies on safety and efficacy data from initial clinical trials, studies of bivalent boosters, and extensive safety and effectiveness monitoring. This process is similar to the one used to create the annual flu vaccine, which targets new strains each year. People aged 5-11 years can still receive the original booster, but it is expected that the updated booster will be approved for younger people soon. What you need to know: The authorized bivalent COVID-19 vaccines, or updated boosters, include an mRNA component of the original strain to provide an immune response that is broadly protective against COVID-19 and an mRNA component in common between the omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5 lineages to provide better protection against COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant. The BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the omicron variant are currently causing most cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and are predicted to circulate this fall and winter. Based on the data supporting each of these authorizations, the bivalent COVID-19 vaccines are expected to provide increased protection against the currently circulating omicron variant. Individuals who receive a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine may experience side effects commonly reported by individuals who receive authorized or approved monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. With the bivalent vaccine authorization, the monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are no longer authorized as booster doses for individuals 12 years of age and older. Who is eligible to receive a single booster dose an …

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