Spokane health officials recommend getting updated COVID boosters

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Regional Health District is recommending everyone who is eligible to get Pfizer and Moderna’s new updated COVID booster.

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has reviewed the FDA and CDC’s amended emergency use authorizations to authorize bivalent formulations of the vaccines for use as single booster doses. The SRHD supports their recommendation and will begin offering the boosters at local vaccine clinics. Shots will also be available to providers through their vaccine depot.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine bivalent is authorized for use as a single booster dose in people 18 years or older. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine bivalent is authorized for use as a single booster dose in people 12 years or older.

“We are pleased to see we now have safe and effective bivalent boosters that target the more transmissible COVID-19 variant, Omicron,” Health Officer Dr. Frank Velázquez said. “This will provide people with greater protection from severe disease and mortality, especially going into the fall season where children are going back to school, people are gathering indoors more often, and other viruses are more likely to spread at the same time. Now is a good time to initiate COVID-19 vaccination if you haven’t already or to get up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination by getting a booster. I encourage you to talk to your provider if you have questions or concerns.”

Those interested in getting a vaccine appointment should visit vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press # to be directed to vaccine providers in Spokane County.

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