New COVID-19 booster now offered in Forsyth County

Michelle Hall

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(Forsyth County, GA) Forsyth County residents can receive the new bivalent COVID-19 booster at the Department of Public Health, as shipments of the vaccine have been arriving in Georgia this week.

The bivalent booster is said to offer enhanced protection against the current Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 as well as the original COVID-19 strain. The previous boosters only contain the genetic recipe to protect against the original COVID-19 virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have the following recommendations for receiving the new bivalent booster:

  • The Pfizer bivalent vaccine is recommended for people 12 years and older
  • The Moderna bivalent vaccine is recommended for adults 18 years and older
  • There should be at least a two month gap between completing the initial vaccine series or the last booster shot before receiving the new bivalent booster

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Children under age 12 are not eligible to receive the bivalent booster. The CDC still recommends that children be vaccinated with the the monovalent mRNA shots.

The Georgia Department of Public Health released the latest COVID-19 status report on Wednesday, September 7. According to the report, Georgia has an average of 3,000 COVID cases reported a week. More than 89% of those new cases are caused by the BA.5 variant. Hospitalizations and deaths from COVID continue to decrease in the state.

In Forsyth County, the latest report shows 548 cases were reported in the past two weeks.

The Forsyth County Public Health Department is located at 428 Canton Hwy in Cumming. Visit their website to check hours and get clinic information.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination and boosters from the Georgia Department of Public Health visit https://itsthatsimplega.ga.gov/.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, email michelle.hall@newsbreak.com

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