For Immediate Release
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Late last week, the CDC approved a new, updated COVID-19 vaccine that will target both the BA.4 and BA.5 strains, which currently make up 99% of all new cases in the country. As new variants of the virus emerge, updated boosters are intended to provide optimal protection against COVID-19 and address waning vaccine effectiveness over time, especially as we approach fall and winter when the flu is more prevalent, and more time is spent indoors.
The CDC now recommends that everyone who is eligible to stay up to date on their vaccinations by getting an updated bivariant booster dose at least 2 months after their last COVID-19 shot—either since their last booster dose, or since completing their primary series. Pfizer’s updated bivariant booster shot is available for anyone 12 and older, while the Moderna bivalent booster will be available to anyone over 18.
This additional layer of protection will definitely help our community reduce its level of transmission, especially as we continue to see the number of cases for our local youth, 5 to 17 years of age, rise. Since the week of August 8th, the number of cases of COVID-19 within this age group has almost tripled. In addition to this, we are also seeing a local uptick in our COVID-19 wastewater study of Grant and Town Creeks. As of yesterday, the amount of COVID-19 detected in both creeks has increased, especially in eastern and western parts of Rowan County, according to the City of Salisbury.
With the number of COVID-19 cases among our school-age youth rising and with our local wastewater study now showing higher traces of the virus, it should not be surprising that Rowan County is once again considered high in the transmission for COVID-19. With our cases continuing to go back and forth between medium and high transmission, Rowan County Public Health urges you to do the following things to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
If you are interested in receiving either the Moderna or Pfizer bivalent booster, please call Rowan County Public Health at 704-216-8863 to make an appointment.
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