Santa Cruz receives new COVID-19 boosters

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The County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency has received its first stock of the bivalent COVID-19 boosters, the first-ever Federal Drug Administration update to the vaccine formula.The tweaked recipe includes protection against the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, which caused a nationwide COVID surge in the early summer. “This is essentially a software reset with the booster that looks at not only the original COVID virus that we’ve been dealing with, but also the newest version. And so this booster for those who have been previously vaccinated is going to provide much more up-to-date protection than previous boosters have,” David Ghilarducci, a deputy health officer with Santa Cruz County, said. This update applies to both Moderna and Pfizer.Moderna has been approved for those at least 18 years and older, while Pfizer has a younger age requirement of 12 years old.Per the FDA’s regulations, a person qualifies for the new booster if they’ve received the entire vaccine series or a booster and it has been at least two months since their latest shot. Some advisers for the Center for Disease Control recommend a longer wait period of three to six months. For those that contracted the virus, the CDC recommends a minimum three-month wait-period after full recovery. Appointments to receive the bivalent booster are expected to open in the next few days. The general public can sign up on MyTurn.ca.gov.”I think what we’re going to see is we’re going to see a recommendation for annual boosters at some point. That’ll be much like the flu shot where it’s turned to the current virus that’s circulating, you know, that season,” Ghilarducci said.

The County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency has received its first stock of the bivalent COVID-19 boosters, the first-ever Federal Drug Administration update to the vaccine formula.

The tweaked recipe includes protection against the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, which caused a nationwide COVID surge in the early summer.

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“This is essentially a software reset with the booster that looks at not only the original COVID virus that we’ve been dealing with, but also the newest version. And so this booster for those who have been previously vaccinated is going to provide much more up-to-date protection than previous boosters have,” David Ghilarducci, a deputy health officer with Santa Cruz County, said.

This update applies to both Moderna and Pfizer.

Moderna has been approved for those at least 18 years and older, while Pfizer has a younger age requirement of 12 years old.

Per the FDA’s regulations, a person qualifies for the new booster if they’ve received the entire vaccine series or a booster and it has been at least two months since their latest shot.

Some advisers for the Center for Disease Control recommend a longer wait period of three to six months.

For those that contracted the virus, the CDC recommends a minimum three-month wait-period after full recovery.

Appointments to receive the bivalent booster are expected to open in the next few days. The general public can sign up on MyTurn.ca.gov.

“I think what we’re going to see is we’re going to see a recommendation for annual boosters at some point. That’ll be much like the flu shot where it’s turned to the current virus that’s circulating, you know, that season,” Ghilarducci said.

Contributed by local news sources

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