COVID-19 vaccines are offered in Chula Vista. Photo by Chris Stone
San Diego County expects to receive new COVID-19 boosters that target multiple strains of the virus next week, it was announced Friday.
The bivalent boosters were developed to generate an immune response from the original COVID-19 virus and BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants. The Pfizer/BioNTech is for those age 12 and over, while the Moderna bivalent booster is for those age 18 and older.
“These new boosters are a welcome resource to our ongoing COVID-19 prevention efforts,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. “The virus remains very prevalent in our community. With this bivalent vaccine, we have an updated booster that more directly addresses the most common circulating variant, and a chance to better protect our community. I encourage everyone eligible to get boosted.”
Healthcare providers can provide information about the availability of the new boosters, and availability at county vaccine events will be updated on coronavirus-sd.com and appointments can be made through the state’s My Turn system.
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