Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters
The CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including all primary series doses and boosters for their age group:
- People ages 6 months through 4 years should get all COVID-19 primary series doses.
- People ages 5 years and older should get all primary series doses, and the booster dose recommended for them by CDC, if eligible.
- People ages 5 years to 11 years are currently recommended to get the original (monovalent) booster.
- People ages 12 years and older are recommended to receive one updated Pfizer or Moderna (bivalent) booster.
This includes people who have received all primary series doses and people who have previously received one or more original (monovalent) boosters.
At this time, people aged 12 years to 17 years can only receive the updated Pfizer bivalent booster.
Remember, getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.
For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html
Bivalent Boosters Available in Dubuque County
The bivalent COVID-19 vaccines contain two messenger RNA (mRNA) components of the COVID-19 virus, one of the original strain and the other one in common between the BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the omicron variant. They offer protection against the original strain of COVID-19 as well as the Omicron strain, which is now the predominant variant of the virus around the world
Individuals ages 12 years and older are recommended to receive an age-appropriate bivalent mRNA booster dose at least two months after receipt of a primary series or prior booster dose.
Many local health care providers are now offering these boosters and prefer or require appointments until supplies increase. For additional information, please contact your health care provider or pharmacy of choice for details on these initial distributions. There are NO priority groups for these boosters.
The UnityPoint Health Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is hosting a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics for both primary series and bivalent booster doses. Appointments are required for bivalent boosters and can be scheduled by calling the VNA office at (563) 556-6200. Appointments are not required for primary series or pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations. Individuals wanting a COVID-19 primary dose or pediatric vaccine can walk in on Fridays at the VNA’s office.
Clinics are scheduled for:
- Friday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Monday, Sept. 19, 12 - 6 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 23, 12 - 6 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 30, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For additional information, visit www.dubuquecounty.org/sleevesup
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