INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) announced Tuesday that it has added locations to its map that offer the new bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines, which protect against the two most common strains. of the virus. at www.ourshot.in.gov. Appointments are not yet available online but can be made by contacting a pharmacy or health care provider, or by calling 211 (866-211-9966) for assistance.
Additional locations will be added as vaccine shipments continue to arrive in the state.
The FDA cleared the bivalent boosters on August 31, and the CDC approved their use on September 1. The new boosters include protection against the Omicron variant which is the dominant strain in circulation and replace previous boosters, which only covered the original COVID-19 strain. .
“The Omicron variant has been the leading cause of COVID-19 infections for months, so having a vaccine that specifically targets this variant, as well as the Delta variant, will help keep Hoosiers healthier as we enter fall. and winter, when respiratory illnesses often increase,” said state health commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. “I encourage eligible individuals to consider receiving the new COVID-19 booster when scheduling their annual flu vaccine and to incorporate their protection against COVID-19 into their annual healthcare strategy.”
The Pfizer bivalent booster is licensed for people 12 and older, while the Moderna bivalent booster is available for people 18 and older. People are eligible to receive an updated booster as long as it has been at least two months since they received their last booster dose or completed their primary vaccine series.
Online booster programming should be available later this month at www.ourshot.in.gov.
Booster doses have been shown to increase protection against hospitalization and death from COVID-19.