New COVID Vaccine Option Endorsed
The CDC has endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine be used as another primary series option for adults ages 18 years and older who are still unvaccinated
Novavax is a protein subunit vaccine, a different vaccine platform than current COVID-19 vaccines. It uses a more traditional biotechnology that has a much longer track record than the newer approaches, as it’s used for some flu, whooping cough, and HPV vaccines. These vaccines package harmless proteins of the COVID-19 virus alongside another ingredient called an adjuvant that helps the immune system respond to the virus in the future.
This new option may appeal to individuals who have been hesitant to be vaccinated with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (both mRNA type) or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (viral vector type). To learn more about the four different COVID-19 vaccines available, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html#about-vaccines
Two doses of Novavax are given in the primary series, 3–8 weeks apart. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive their 2 doses given 3 weeks apart.
Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is not authorized for use as a booster dose.
Local opportunities to receive the Novavax COVID vaccine will be posted to www.dubuquecounty.org/sleevesup when those details are available.
COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children
COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help protect everyone 6 months and older from COVID-19 and its complications.
Getting children and teens vaccinated against COVID-19 can help keep them from getting really sick if they do get COVID-19. Vaccinating children can also help relieve the strain on families by providing greater confidence in children participating in childcare, school, visiting grandparents, and other activities.
Just like adults, children and teens of all ages can:
- Get very sick from COVID-19
- Have both short- and long-term health problems
- Spread COVID-19 to others
There is no way to tell in advance how children or teens will be affected by COVID-19. Those with underlying medical conditions or who have a weakened immune system are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Some examples of conditions that can make children more likely to get severe COVID-19 include:
- Asthma or chronic lung disease
- Sickle cell disease
However, those without underlying medical conditions can also experience severe illness and be hospitalized. In fact, approximately 1 in 3 children younger than 18 years old hospitalized with COVID-19 have no underlying conditions.
Two COVID-19 vaccine products are authorized for kids. Your pediatrician can explain which vaccine is right for your baby, child or teen. If you have questions or concerns about getting your child vaccinated, please discuss them with your pediatrician or health care provider. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/planning/children/6-things-to-know.html