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Posted on: April 26, 2023

Second Bivalent Booster Recommended for 65+ and Immunocompromised

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For Immediate Release
Bonnie Obremski, Web & Digital Communications Specialist

Second Bivalent Booster Recommended for 65+ and Immunocompromised

JEFFERSON COUNTY— A second bivalent booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is now recommended for people 65 and older and for those who are immunosuppressed.

“While the bivalent COVID-19 vaccines remain incredibly effective for most, those over 65 and those who are immunosuppressed are starting to see waning protection from their boosters. It is important for individuals in these groups to get an additional booster to maintain their protection against severe disease,” Dr. Allison Berry, Health Officer for Jefferson County said of the updated recommendation, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier last week.

The bivalent booster dose is the same formulation as the first and increases protection against prevalent omicron variants. Those over 65 should receive a second dose four months after their last booster. Those who are immunosuppressed are eligible for an additional booster as soon as 2 months after their prior booster.

Please contact your preferred pharmacy, your healthcare provider, or Jefferson County Public Health to make an appointment. Our clinic phone number is 360-385-9400.

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