Wake County Offers Updated Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine at All Clinics

Wake County Offers Updated Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine at All Clinics

North Carolina, Raleigh – The Wake County Department of Public Health announced that it is offering the updated Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at all of its clinics.

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.

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“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.

For those who do not have insurance, the vaccine can be offered free of charge by Wake County Public Health and pharmacies participating in the new Bridge Access Program from the CDC

Uninsured children can receive free COVID-19 vaccine through federal program Vaccines for Children.

To keep up to date

Visit Wake County’s multilingual Covid-19 webpage for the latest information on Covid19.

This page contains a series of frequently asked questions to educate residents, information about the vaccine against Covid-19.

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Additionally, it provides information on the Covid tests and the latest data on the impact of the virus in our county.

You will also find updates on Covid-19 in the accounts of Facebook, Instagram y Xformerly known as Twitter, of Wake County.

2023-09-19 15:00:00
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