ADPH: New COVID-19 reminders coming soon in Alabama

(WHNT) – Several COVID-19 reminder mailings that target new variants are expected to arrive in Alabama very soon, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

In a statement on Friday, September 2, ADPH said it would receive the new boosters in “the next few days.”

Health officials say at least 69,900 doses of bivalent boosters have been ordered for Alabama. 54,300 of those doses are Pfizer’s bivalent vaccine and 15,600 doses are Moderna’s. The shipment is expected to arrive within the next two weeks.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the new boosters include strains of the original COVID-19 virus as well as the Omicron variant, providing “broad protection” against the virus.

According to health officials, eligibility for booster shots depends on the original vaccine you took.

Overall, anyone is eligible for a bivalent booster two months after completing their primary vaccination series or receiving the initial booster dose. Those who have completed the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson series of vaccines or who have been boosted for at least two months, are eligible for a bivalent booster – and can get either type, Pfizer or Moderna.

According to ADPH, the Pfizer booster is available for ages 12 and older, while Moderna’s bivalent booster is available for everyone 18 and older.

“Authorization for administration to children under 12 is expected in the near future, but the timetable is not yet known,” ADPH wrote in a statement. “Parents are encouraged to ensure their children complete the primary series of current vaccines so that they are eligible for the bivalent booster in the future.”

Those who have received a Novavax COVID-19 vaccine are not eligible for dual recall at this time.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines or find out where you can get a new booster shot once they become available, visit alabamapublichealth.gov or call your local health department.


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