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Omicron-specific COVID booster vaccines could be available by Labor Day following FDA approval

Alameda County pauses boosters until new omicron-targeting doses arrive

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a pair of COVID-19 booster vaccines Wednesday that are specifically formulated to target the omicron variant of the virus and two of its most common subvariants.

The FDA amended its emergency use authorizations for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to allow for the omicron-specific booster, which targets the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants while still protecting against the original COVID virus strain as well.

The Moderna booster will be available to adults while the Pfizer booster will be available to people ages 12 and older.

"As we head into fall and begin to spend more time indoors, we strongly encourage anyone who is eligible to consider receiving a booster dose with a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine to provide better protection against currently circulating variants," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said in a statement.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to also give its approval in the next week of the omicron-specific boosters, allowing their rollout by Labor Day.

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According to the FDA, the new booster vaccines will be used for all future booster vaccinations and the original mRNA vaccines will only be authorized for an initial vaccine series going forward.

People will be eligible for one dose of the omicron-specific boosters if it has been at least two months since completing their initial vaccination series.

"The FDA has extensive experience with strain changes for annual influenza vaccines. We are confident in the evidence supporting these authorizations," said Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. "The public can be assured that a great deal of care has been taken by the FDA to ensure that these bivalent COVID-19 vaccines meet our rigorous safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality standards for emergency use authorization."

Alameda County pauses boosters until new omicron-targeting doses arrive

Some Bay Area counties temporarily paused COVID-19 booster vaccinations Thursday in anticipation of the arrival of new vaccines targeting strains of the virus' omicron variant.

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Alameda, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties all paused their booster vaccination efforts, electing to resume them later this month when shipments of the omicron-specific vaccines begin to arrive.

The decision comes one day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its emergency authorizations of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to allow for the omicron-specific booster, which targets the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants while still protecting against the original COVID virus strain as well.

The new vaccines, which are only approved as boosters, are likely to become available as soon as next week, pending the expected approval of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

However, under the FDA's authorization, the new vaccines will be used for all future booster vaccinations of people ages 12 and up while the original mRNA vaccines targeting only the original COVID strain will be authorized for initial vaccine series as well as boosters for children between 6 months and 11 years old.

Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said the pause of booster vaccinations will ensure that county residents get the most up-to-date vaccine formula available.

"I urge anyone who is eligible to get the new boosters once they are available," Mase said. "This is our best tool to keep the community safe through the fall and winter."

The new Moderna booster will be available to adults while the new Pfizer booster will be available to people ages 12 and older.

Booster vaccinations are expected to proceed in Contra Costa County, according to a county spokesman, while San Mateo County plans to resume administering boosters the week of Sept. 12. Alameda County expects to begin administering the new boosters as soon as the end of next week.

"We are working to make sure residents have access to the new booster shots when they become available and to reopen clinics as soon as possible," said Lizelle Lirio de Luna, the director of San Mateo County Health's Family Health Services Division.

People will be eligible for one dose of the omicron-specific boosters if it has been at least two months since completing their initial vaccination series.

Vaccination appointments can be scheduled statewide at https://myturn.ca.gov.

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Omicron-specific COVID booster vaccines could be available by Labor Day following FDA approval

Alameda County pauses boosters until new omicron-targeting doses arrive

by Eli Walsh / BCN Foundation /

Uploaded: Fri, Sep 2, 2022, 9:26 am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a pair of COVID-19 booster vaccines Wednesday that are specifically formulated to target the omicron variant of the virus and two of its most common subvariants.

The FDA amended its emergency use authorizations for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to allow for the omicron-specific booster, which targets the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants while still protecting against the original COVID virus strain as well.

The Moderna booster will be available to adults while the Pfizer booster will be available to people ages 12 and older.

"As we head into fall and begin to spend more time indoors, we strongly encourage anyone who is eligible to consider receiving a booster dose with a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine to provide better protection against currently circulating variants," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said in a statement.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to also give its approval in the next week of the omicron-specific boosters, allowing their rollout by Labor Day.

According to the FDA, the new booster vaccines will be used for all future booster vaccinations and the original mRNA vaccines will only be authorized for an initial vaccine series going forward.

People will be eligible for one dose of the omicron-specific boosters if it has been at least two months since completing their initial vaccination series.

"The FDA has extensive experience with strain changes for annual influenza vaccines. We are confident in the evidence supporting these authorizations," said Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. "The public can be assured that a great deal of care has been taken by the FDA to ensure that these bivalent COVID-19 vaccines meet our rigorous safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality standards for emergency use authorization."

Alameda County pauses boosters until new omicron-targeting doses arrive

Some Bay Area counties temporarily paused COVID-19 booster vaccinations Thursday in anticipation of the arrival of new vaccines targeting strains of the virus' omicron variant.

Alameda, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties all paused their booster vaccination efforts, electing to resume them later this month when shipments of the omicron-specific vaccines begin to arrive.

The decision comes one day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its emergency authorizations of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to allow for the omicron-specific booster, which targets the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants while still protecting against the original COVID virus strain as well.

The new vaccines, which are only approved as boosters, are likely to become available as soon as next week, pending the expected approval of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

However, under the FDA's authorization, the new vaccines will be used for all future booster vaccinations of people ages 12 and up while the original mRNA vaccines targeting only the original COVID strain will be authorized for initial vaccine series as well as boosters for children between 6 months and 11 years old.

Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said the pause of booster vaccinations will ensure that county residents get the most up-to-date vaccine formula available.

"I urge anyone who is eligible to get the new boosters once they are available," Mase said. "This is our best tool to keep the community safe through the fall and winter."

The new Moderna booster will be available to adults while the new Pfizer booster will be available to people ages 12 and older.

Booster vaccinations are expected to proceed in Contra Costa County, according to a county spokesman, while San Mateo County plans to resume administering boosters the week of Sept. 12. Alameda County expects to begin administering the new boosters as soon as the end of next week.

"We are working to make sure residents have access to the new booster shots when they become available and to reopen clinics as soon as possible," said Lizelle Lirio de Luna, the director of San Mateo County Health's Family Health Services Division.

People will be eligible for one dose of the omicron-specific boosters if it has been at least two months since completing their initial vaccination series.

Vaccination appointments can be scheduled statewide at https://myturn.ca.gov.

Comments

Swagu
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Sep 2, 2022 at 5:07 pm
Swagu, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Sep 2, 2022 at 5:07 pm

Imagine anyone under 55 and healthy getting a booster for omicron LOL


SHale99
Registered user
Village High School
on Sep 3, 2022 at 4:20 pm
SHale99, Village High School
Registered user
on Sep 3, 2022 at 4:20 pm

just scheduled my 2nd updated booster today for next week. LOL? (AOL is gone)


Jake Waters
Registered user
Birdland
on Sep 3, 2022 at 10:45 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
Registered user
on Sep 3, 2022 at 10:45 pm
Ian
Registered user
Las Positas
on Sep 4, 2022 at 8:01 am
Ian, Las Positas
Registered user
on Sep 4, 2022 at 8:01 am

Scheduled my booster. Not sure why somebody would rather get sick and miss a few days of work rather than get a little jab in the arm, but not my problem if they do.


Swagu
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Sep 4, 2022 at 8:37 am
Swagu, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Sep 4, 2022 at 8:37 am

Imagine getting a rna jab for the 4th time lmao. Never heard of a vaccine acting like a battery needing recharging. "RNA antibodies are low...need a 4th jab in 2 years!"


SHale99
Registered user
Village High School
on Sep 4, 2022 at 11:30 am
SHale99, Village High School
Registered user
on Sep 4, 2022 at 11:30 am

huh. You must have never heard of the annual flu shot either.


Swagu
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Sep 5, 2022 at 8:41 am
Swagu, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Sep 5, 2022 at 8:41 am

Sure have. People with the flu shot still spread the flu and it was never mandated to work or attend college LOL


SHale99
Registered user
Village High School
on Sep 5, 2022 at 10:42 am
SHale99, Village High School
Registered user
on Sep 5, 2022 at 10:42 am

huh. you must not have heard of ANY shots. Even those required to attend school in calif and in most states.

Ignorance leaves your flanks unprotected. Just saying.


John
Registered user
Birdland
on Sep 5, 2022 at 12:36 pm
John, Birdland
Registered user
on Sep 5, 2022 at 12:36 pm

Shale, the shots you refer to are true vaccines, not experimental as the various covid shots.
Lemmings need not worry about their flank. They just follow each other over the cliff. Just saying.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2022 at 10:57 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 5, 2022 at 10:57 pm

"People with the flu shot still spread the flu and it was never mandated to work or attend college"


Web Link

"The University of California Office of the President issued an Executive Order mandating Flu vaccinations starting with the AY 2021-22 flu season. This policy pertains to all students who are living, learning and/or working on campus and/or on the premises of any University facilty. "


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2022 at 10:59 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 5, 2022 at 10:59 pm

@swagu,

Tetanus vaccination always needed boosters.


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