County health department begins offering updated COVID boosters targeting omicron
DOVER (WJER) (Sept. 8, 2022) – Tuscarawas County Health Department officials are now administering the updated COVID booster shots that protect against newer omicron variants.
Health Department Nursing Director Amy Kaser says appointments can now be scheduled for the updated boosters. The shots will also be offered at a clinic with the vaccine access team today at the Dover Public Library from 4-5:30 pm.
“We do ask if you come, you don’t have to be there right at four, we have plenty of vaccine,” said Kaser.
The CDC just issued final approval for the updated booster shots last week, but Kaser says the health department was ready.
“We did get information from Ohio Department of Health about two weeks ago that this was a possibility, so we were actually able to pre-order the vaccine,” Kaser said.
Kaser says you are eligible for the updated booster if at least two months have passed since receiving your last COVID shot.
Pfizer’s updated booster is for people ages 12 and up while Moderna’s is for adults 18 and older. The updated boosters are available regardless of whether your primary vaccine was with Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax, or Johnson & Johnson.
“To be honest with you, we have 10 different variations and formulas of this vaccine that we have in stock now,” she added.
All vaccines and boosters are being offered at the upcoming outreach clinics, including the one today.