Health officials typically pick which strains will go into that season’s shot early in the year, giving manufacturers months to mass produce the vaccine?With the updated Covid shots, it seems to be even more of a sprint.
And throwing Covid boosters into the mix, it just makes it more complicated.”Hannan said there wasn’t guidance yet from the federal government about how much of and when exactly the new Covid shots will be available
She also noted that public health departments are also fighting an unprecedented monkeypox outbreak, complete with a convoluted vaccine delivery processWhile the Biden administration hasn’t yet laid out its vision for the Covid booster campaign, it’s expected that it will be similar to when the original Covid boosters were authorized last fall, with more reliance on pharmacies and doctors’ offices and less on mass vaccination sitesAnd in many ways, the sites are well practiced for another go-round with another Covid shot: they’ve dealt with different shots from different manufacturers, different booster doses, kids’ shots, and, already, extra boosters for older adults and people with certain health issues
One wrinkle, however, is that the updated shots are expected to be authorized only as boosters, whereas the primary series of shots will still use the original formulationTinglong Dai, a health care operations expert at Johns Hopkins University, said that hospitals and clinics should be able to handle delivering the updated boosters
Only about half those eligible for a first booster have received one, and people may wonder why they need an updated shotDai also said that the campaign needs to ensure easy access to both Covid and flu shots no matter where people live
— Belongia said people shouldn’t try to time when they get their boosters to try to make sure their protection is maximized through whatever surge might come
Instead, people should just get the Covid shots when they can
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