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    COVID Bivalent Booster Available at Naval Hospital Bremerton

    COVID Bivalent Booster Available at Naval Hospital Bremerton

    Photo By Douglas Stutz | Making it stick...Naval Hospital Bremerton is offering the COVID-19 bivalent booster...... read more read more

    Naval Hospital Bremerton is offering the COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine for all eligible beneficiaries.

    This vaccine will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday in NHB's Immunization Clinic, by appointment only:

    “The new COVID bivalent boosters from Pfizer and Moderna are formulated to boost your immunity against all prior COVID variants as well as the currently circulating Omicron variants, including the latest BA.4 and BA.5 variants,” explained Cmdr. Brian Legendre, Preventive Medicine officer and department head. “Like all prior vaccinations, they should greatly reduce your risk of hospitalization and death from a COVID infection, and these new formulations may reduce your chances of getting sick at all with the Omicron variants.”

    According to Legendre, people eligible for the booster include those who have completed a primary series of a COVID vaccine - one to three doses depending on the recipient and the vaccine type – or who have received one or more booster doses after completing their primary series.

    “As long as there have been at least two months since their last dose of COVID vaccine [primary series or booster], the bivalent booster vaccine can be given. The Pfizer bivalent booster is emergency use authorization approved for people ages 12 and up. The Moderna bivalent booster is EUA approved for people ages 18 and up,” noted Legendre, adding that the COVID bivalent booster may be given at the same time as other vaccines, including seasonal influenza vaccine.

    For those scheduling to receive the COVID booster, it is recommended to bring the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to annotate accordingly.

    According to recent complied data from Kitsap County Public Health, there were 243 reported COVID cases and five deaths in the week ending September 25, 2022, an increase from 179 cases the previous week. There have been 48,752 cases and 389 deaths since the onset of the pandemic. In neighboring Mason County, there were 61 cases and two deaths last week with a reported 14,677 and 162 deaths overall.

    Additionally, for those who have recently received the JYNNEOS vaccine for monkeypox, it is recommended to wait four weeks between receiving that vaccine and a COVID bivalent booster dose.



    Date Taken: 09.28.2022
    Date Posted: 09.28.2022 09:59
    Story ID: 430247
    Location: BREMERTON, WA, US 

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