Updated COVID-19 boosters available in Austin-Travis County – AustinTexas.gov

by | Sep 13, 2022 | COVID-19

AUSTIN, Texas – Vaccines designed to better protect against new COVID-19 omicron subvariants are now available in our community. The enhanced protection is critical now that students are back in school and flu season is upon us. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized updated booster doses earlier this month. Austin Public Health (APH) has received and is administering the bivalent booster through its Shots for Tots/Big Shots clinics and the Mobile Vaccination Program (MVP) will host pop-up clinics in communities at risk for disparate outcomes. Many retail pharmacies and providers in Travis Country are already administering the updated boosters. “We have been anticipating this vaccine and I recommend everyone who’s eligible make plans to get the updated booster,” said Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes. “People in our community are still getting very sick from these highly transmissible COVID-19 omicron subvariants.” 
Anyone 12 and older who has completed their primary COVID-19 vaccine series is eligible. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended manufacturers update booster doses in June. Existing vaccines and boosters are helping reduce the most serious outcomes (hospitalization and death) caused by COVID-19, but studies show primary vaccination effectiveness wanes over time against certain variants, including omicron. So far the FDA and CDC have only authorized updated boosters created by Pfizer and Moderna. 
“We’ve watched this virus change over time, so it’s necessary to update how we protect against it,” said APH Director Adrienne Sturrup. “Call your pharmacy or doctor’s office and make plans to get an updated booster. Our Shots for Tots/Big Shots clinics and MVP teams have updated boosters on hand for those with limited access to medical care.” 
Frequently Asked Questions: 
What does bivalent vaccine mean? 
The new COVID-19 bivalent vaccine has dual-purpose doses. Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spike protein components were added to the existing vaccine composition to help restore waning protection. The bivalent doses, referred to as updated doses, target newer variants that are more transmissible and evade immunity.  
Which booster should I get? 
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