Montgomery County provides an updated COVID-19 booster shot for residents ages 12+.
County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) booster clinics will administer a bivalent vaccine that offers protection against the “original” version of COVID-19 as well as Omicron variants, particularly BA4 and BA5, explained Sean O’Donnell, DHHS Public Health Emergency Preparedness Manager, during a media briefing Wednesday.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the bivalent vaccines for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech as a single booster dose at least two months after receiving primary or booster shots, per an FDA release. On Sept. 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended use of the updated boosters.
Residents ages 5-11 will continue to receive a monovalent booster. The county recommends appointments for boosters due to initial supply.