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13 Sep 2022 01:39 #191 by Mountain-News-Events
Posted on: September 7, 2022
New omicron boosters available now at JCPH clinic

Jefferson County, Colo. — To continue to provide the best protection from the COVID-19 virus and its variants, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is excited to announce the availability of new, bivalent booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at our clinic in Lakewood (645 Parfet Street). These new booster doses, also known as omicron doses or boosters, have been updated to target both the original strain of the virus and the omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, which will help ensure better protection from the virus. The boosters are a combined dose of the original vaccine and the new formulation, which is why they are called bivalent. As we know all viruses continue to mutate over time, it is common practice to adapt vaccines to target any new strains of a virus – similar to the practice of developing the flu vaccine every year.

“The BA.4 and BA.5 variants make up the majority of the cases we’re seeing in our community, and previous boosters were not as effective against these variants,” said Dr. Sarah Rowan, Medical Director at JCPH. “The announcement of the new omicron boosters is an important step toward better protection against COVID-19 in our community, especially as we head into fall and begin to see typical increases in the spread of respiratory viruses."

The omicron doses of both Pfizer and Moderna have been authorized by the CDC and FDA. The Pfizer bivalent booster is available for people ages 12 and older and the Moderna bivalent booster is available for those 18 and older. The new boosters are currently being evaluated for other pediatric groups, as well. However, children too young to receive the new booster can still receive a third dose of the original vaccine, if eligible. Learn more about vaccine eligibility and timelines.

“The omicron doses use the same science and technology as the original mRNA vaccines that have been safely administered to millions of people. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and we know they have drastically reduced the toll of COVID-19 on our community,” said Christine Billings, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Infectious Disease at JCPH. “We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to get your omicron booster and to continue to do your part to protect yourself and loved ones.”

All authorized COVID-19 vaccines, including pediatric doses for all people ages 6 months and older, and all types of vaccine, including Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax and Johnson & Johnson, are available at JCPH. Our COVID-19 walk-in clinic is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.

To learn more about the omicron booster, please visit the JCPH website or the CDPHE website.

About Jefferson County Public Health

Public health is what we do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit . You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.­­­

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