The announcement comes after the approval of the US Food and Drug Administrationthe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).
“Vaccination remains one of the most effective ways to protect ourselves against COVID-19, and these new boosters show that we can adapt and continue to protect our community from new variants that emerge,” said Susan Evans, vice president of the Board of Wake County Commissioners.
“As we head into the fall and holidays, we encourage anyone who is eligible for the new vaccine to make an appointment to get their protection in the coming weeks.”
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Countywide 5 days a week
Wake public health officials said they will have vaccination sites across the county open five days a week.
Vaccines.gov has a simple tool that allows users to enter their zip code and find a vaccination location near them.
Why get vaccinated?
Just as flu vaccines are updated each year, an updated Covid-19 vaccine can help boost people’s immunity as we approach respiratory virus season.
The new vaccines approved this week are much more similar to the variants currently circulating than previous vaccines.
These new boosters will help protect our residents from severe symptoms and hospitalizations.
Statewide hospital admissions due to Covid-19 increased more than 29% between the weeks of September 2 and September 9, according to NCDHHS data.
“Last week alone there were 638 new hospitalizations,” said Dr. José Cabañas, Wake County’s chief physician.
“The fall wave of Covid-19 is here, but we can protect ourselves, our loved ones and our entire community by receiving these new vaccines,” he noted.
They recommend high-risk people get vaccinated
People at high risk of severe illness from Covid-19 are recommended to get vaccinated this fall, experts said.
They also highlighted that the CDC recommends that all people over 6 months receive the new Covid vaccine.
This includes people over age 65, with weakened immune systems, or with certain medical conditions, such as chronic lung disease, obesity, advanced diabetes, or kidney disease.
Changes in the cost of the vaccine
For the first time since the COVID-19 vaccine was launched in December 2020, the updated vaccines will no longer be completely free for everyone.
For residents with insurance, the new vaccines will be billed to insurance, but will most likely remain free through in-network providers, similar to the annual flu shot and other vaccines.
Medicaid or Medicare beneficiaries will continue to receive the vaccine at no cost.
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