Earlier in the week the FDA approved the bivalent COVID-19 vaccination which targets the BA.4/BA.5 Omicron variants in addition to the original strain. The CDC has now also endorsed it: anyone age 12 years or older is eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster, and anyone 18 years or older is eligible for the Moderna. In both cases, it is recommended to wait at least 2 months since your last vaccination; many vaccine experts say it is even more effective to wait at least 4 months. Additionally, these boosters are particularly recommended for folks who fall in the higher risk category.
Of note: the older monovalent booster will no longer be available for those 12 years of age and older. Any existing appointments will need to be rescheduled for the new booster.
For more information:
More about the CDC recommendations from WBUR here.
“Your Local Epidemiologist” provides more info about the vaccination here and here.
Just a reminder that the CDC link has great information about all things COVID-19, including testing, vaccinations, treatment, the level of infections in your county, and algorithms for isolation/quarantine. Easy to remember, also: covid.gov.
Emergency medical information on your mobile phone
Most of us carry mobile phones/devices these days. Many of them come with software that allows you to upload important medical information for emergency situations. Here are the links to more information: