WASHINGTON – New and improved COVID-19 vaccinations, which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are now available at local pharmacies for all adults and children aged 12 and older in the United States.
When asked what makes the new booster different from the one that came before it, infectious disease specialist Dr. Aileen Marty responded by saying, “You will receive a booster that contains the old formula and it is going to also include the new formula that covers Omicron BA.4 and BA.5.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that COVID would be responsible for the deaths of around 450 individuals per day over the next several weeks.
These revised immunizations are intended to provide enhanced protection against the disease.
White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said that “for the first time since December 2020, these vaccines, our vaccines have caught up with the virus.”
The new booster from Pfizer may be taken by anybody over the age of 12.
The new Moderna booster may be used by anybody over the age of 18.
According to the COVID-19 Response Team, the Biden Administration has been getting ready for these vaccinations.
“Supply is set to ramp up at tens of thousands of pharmacies, health care centers, and doctor’s offices in the coming weeks,” said Jha.
“We’ve seen the last couple of years, there’s a lull this time of year and then there’s an upswing towards late October or early November,” said Marty. “Let’s see if we can dampen this by using these new bivalent boosters.”
The boosters are being sent to CVS and Walgreens pharmacy stores on a rolling basis, and the companies are encouraging consumers to schedule appointments via their apps or online.