The newly approved updated COVID shot now targets the Omicron variant XBB.1.5, which is closely related to the COVID variant spreading now. Moving forward, federal health officials want the public to think of the shots as a recommended annual COVID vaccine, hoping for an updated shot based on prevalent strains.
between FDA authorization and approval, and CDC recommendations For patients, doctors now have to check a number of specifications, including age, immune status and previous vaccinations.
Here’s information about who should get the new shot:
For anyone age 5 and older: You can take one dose, as long as it has been at least 2 months since the last dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.
For children aged 6 months to 4 years: First vaccination – one or two doses. The timing and number of doses depends on the previous COVID-19 vaccines received.
If they have not been vaccinated: Three doses of the updated authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or two doses of the updated authorized Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
For moderately to severely immunocompromised people: You may get the initial Moderna or Pfizer series of shots and boosters, an updated shot, and additional doses of the updated vaccine if your doctor recommends it.
Dr. Sterling Ransone of the American Academy of Family Physicians is seeing more and more patients recently. The updated COVID vaccine comes at a time when many patients should also consider flu and RSV shots before the winter.
Ransone said, “For most of my patients over 60 these days, I’m recommending that they get their flu shot, they get their updated COVID booster and they get the RSV vaccine. So this year it There are three big things.”
Vaccines protect people who become infected from serious consequences.
Nationwide, COVID hospitalizations and death rates are rising. However, the level is much lower than last season.
Wastewater, which may indicate community spread, shows an increase nationally.
“The largest increase is seen in the Midwest. After that, we have the Northeast and South region of the United States. And then the West is still in the middle third of our measurements,” said Wastewater Scan researcher Alessandro Zulli.
This is the first time that Covid shots are available in the commercial market. At today’s meeting, drugmakers shared a list of prices between $120-$130 per dose. Under the Affordable Care Act, commercial and government insurance will still cover the cost.
The first shipments of the new vaccines are expected to be available in doctors’ offices and pharmacies by the end of the week.
The CDC says, “Most Americans can still get the COVID-19 vaccine for free. For people with health insurance, most plans will cover the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you. People with health insurance “Or those who have health plans that do not cover the cost can receive the free vaccine from their local health centers.”