September 14, 2022
The bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster has been approved for use and is available at the Macon County Health Department. We currently carry both Pfizer and Moderna bivalent booster vaccines.
The CDC recommends that everyone ages 12 and up should receive an updated COVID-19 bivalent booster to restore protection against these more contagious strains.
The bivalent booster offers more protection by helping build immunity to the original strain of COVID and two subvarients of the omicron strain (BA.4 & BA.5).
Boosters play an important role in continuing to build an immune response against COVID. Immunity can naturally wane, so a booster continues to tell the body that there is a need to continue to build immunity. Vaccinations and boosters can help keep you healthy by decreasing severe infection, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19.
These bivalent boosters are available to anyone who had the first two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or single dose of Johnson & Johnson as their primary series. People who received Novavax as the primary series are not eligible at this time.
You are eligible for the bivalent booster two months after completing your primary series or two months after your last booster.
The Macon County Health Department will be offering both Pfizer and Moderna bivalent booster in the office by appointment each week, call for an appointment at 660-395-4711. We will also be offering the bivalent booster at our drive-thru flu clinics throughout Macon County in October. For a list of dates, visit our website at www.maconmohealth.org/flu