Maryland encourages residents to get bivalent COVID vaccine


Marylanders are encouraged to get the new bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine to protect against the virus and its variants. || COVID-19 Updates | The latest numbers from Maryland | Get Tested | Vaccine information ||Maryland health officials officially authorized new bivalent, single-dose boosters for COVID-19 following approval from the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. this updated photo from Pfizer, for ages 12 and older, and Moderna, for ages 18 and older.| RELATED: White House to Encourage Reminders of COVID, Flu Vaccine This FallResidents Are Eligible Two Months After Their Last Dose of Vaccine of Any Kind, Whether Primary or Booster Dose . Marylanders can find a vaccine provider and schedule an appointment at covidvax.maryland. gov or call 1-855-MDGOVAX. As part of Maryland’s COVIDReady plan, residents are encouraged to get vaccinated for maximum protection against the virus and circulating omicron variants, the governor’s office announced Friday. The Maryland Department of Health has pre-ordered 157,600 doses of bivalent boosters (114,000 Pfizer and 43,600 Moderna) for local health departments, federally licensed health centers and providers nationwide. State. Administration of the new vaccine is expected to begin well after Labor Day. | RELATED: Should You Get a New COVID-19 Reminder? If yes, when? State officials said the bivalent booster adds advanced omicron BA.4 and BA.5 protein components to the current vaccine, targeting newer, more transmissible variants. Experts from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health said there was a spectrum when it came to the newly approved recall.Video: CDC made the ‘right choice’ in approving new recalls, doctor says (WCVB) For people who have weakened immune systems and really want extra protection, it’s reasonable to get the booster at least two months after a COVID-19 vaccine or infection.Dr. David Dowdy, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, said the new vaccines provide about two to three months of extra protection, so he suggests people plan when to get vaccinated accordingly. If cases start to rise, it’s a good idea to get vaccinated now. If cases are trending down, maybe wait until around early December to get vaccinated so that it provides protection through the winter. “COVID-19 bivalent vaccines are here. Make sure you get one this season,” Dowdy said. “It’s basically two shots in one – one dose of the old vaccine that everyone gets, plus an updated version suitable for the current BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.” The FDA reports a better immune response in people who received the new bivalent booster. As of Friday, BA.5 accounted for 79.2 sequenced cases in the state and 90% of the sequenced cases nationwide. The BA.4 and BA.5 are expected to continue to circulate in the United States this fall and winter.Video: Should you get a new COVID reminder? If yes, when? (Associated Press) The state order is in addition to what the federal government has already sent directly to its pharmaceutical partners. Pharmacy counters might be the first place the Marylander rolls up its sleeve. Columbia’s Caplet Independent Pharmacy let customers know before noon that online appointment booking was open and appointments were starting next week. At lunchtime, CVS updated its web portal with information and a search tool. Some pharmacies even started giving out the shots on Friday, including a Safeway in Columbia, where the slots went live and the shots took to the guns as soon as the new boosters hit the store. “Pharmacies and other providers should now only provide this new bivalent booster,” Dowdy said. “You can mix and match. Pfizer and Moderna injections are basically considered equivalent.” Federal health officials expect to approve updated booster shots for other pediatric groups in the coming weeks.

Marylanders are encouraged to get the new bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine to protect against the virus and its variants.

|| COVID-19 Updates | The latest numbers from Maryland | Get Tested | Vaccine information ||

Maryland health officials officially authorized new single-dose bivalent boosters for COVID-19 after approval from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Federal and state health officials recommend that everyone 12 and older get this updated photo from Pfizer, for ages 12 and older, and Moderna, for ages 18 and older. more.

| RELATED: White House to encourage COVID reminders, flu vaccine this fall

Residents are eligible two months after their last dose of any vaccine, whether it is a primary dose or a booster dose.

Marylanders can find a vaccine provider and schedule an appointment at covidvax.maryland.gov or call 1-855-MDGOVAX.

As part of Maryland’s COVIDReady plan, residents are encouraged to get vaccinated for maximum protection against the virus and circulating omicron variants, the governor’s office announced Friday.

The Maryland Department of Health has pre-ordered 157,600 bivalent booster doses (114,000 Pfizer and 43,600 Moderna) for local health departments, federally licensed health centers and providers statewide. Administration of the new vaccine is expected to begin well after Labor Day.

| RELATED: Should we get a new COVID-19 booster? If yes, when?

State officials said the bivalent booster adds advanced omicron BA.4 and BA.5 protein components to the current vaccine, targeting newer, more transmissible variants.

Experts from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health said there is a spectrum when it comes to the newly approved booster.

Video: CDC made the ‘right call’ in approving new recallssaid the doctor (WCVB)

For people with weakened immune systems who really want extra protection, it’s reasonable to get the booster at least two months after a COVID-19 vaccine or infection.

Dr. David Dowdy, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, said new vaccines provide about two to three months of extra protection, so he suggests people plan when to get vaccinated accordingly. If cases start to rise, it’s a good idea to get vaccinated now. If cases are trending down, maybe wait until around early December to get vaccinated so it provides protection through the winter.

“COVID-19 bivalent vaccines are here. Make sure you get one this season,” Dowdy said. “It’s basically two shots in one – one dose of the old vaccine that everyone gets, plus an updated version suitable for the current BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.”

The FDA reports a better immune response in people who received the new bivalent booster. As of Friday, BA.5 accounted for 79.2 sequenced cases in the state and 90% of the sequenced cases nationwide. BA.4 and BA.5 should continue to circulate in the United States this fall and winter.

Video: Should you get a new COVID reminder? If yes, when? (Associated Press)

The state order is in addition to what the federal government has already sent directly to its pharmaceutical partners.

Pharmacy counters may be the first place Marylander will roll up its sleeve.

As Friday progressed, 11 News noticed that the opportunities multiplied. Columbia’s Caplet Independent Pharmacy let customers know before noon that online appointment booking was open and appointments were starting next week. At lunchtime, CVS updated its web portal with information and a search tool.

Some pharmacies even started giving out the shots on Friday, including a Safeway in Columbia, where the slots went live and the shots went into arms as soon as the new boosters hit the store.

“Pharmacies and other providers should now only provide this new bivalent booster,” Dowdy said. “You can mix and match. The Pfizer and Moderna plans are basically considered equivalent.”

Federal health officials expect to approve updated booster shots for other pediatric groups in the coming weeks.

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