What you need to know about the new COVID vaccine booster now available in Georgia

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Roman-Hernandez said her organization offers additional incentives, such as food or gift cards, to encourage people to get vaccinated.

“We’ve seen an increase in interest when we bring incentives to the table,” said Roman-Hernandez. ‚ÄúThere are other issues for our community, such as lack of transportation or language barriers and access to food. (providing incentives) has been successful in more than just organizing vaccination programmes.”

Douglas Ruano, assistant site manager for the Latin American Association, helps an attendee fill out COVID-19 vaccination paperwork during the Association’s Immunization Day on September 17, 2022.

credit: Alex Antu

Douglas Ruano, assistant site manager for the Latin American Association, helps an attendee fill out COVID-19 vaccination paperwork during the Association's Immunization Day on September 17, 2022.

credit: Alex Antu

Douglas Ruano, assistant site manager for the Latin American Association, helps an attendee fill out COVID-19 vaccination paperwork during the Association’s Immunization Day on September 17, 2022.

credit: Alex Antu

credit: Alex Antu

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on 1 septemberThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the updated COVID booster of Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for ages 12 and older and the Updated Booster of Moderna Vaccine for ages 18 and older.

“This is the first advance in vaccines since we started using them in December of 2020,” said couple guestan epidemiologist at Emory University School of Public Health,

“That’s our goal and hope that we’re not going to do boosters on a regular basis every four months,” Guest said. “This new bivalent vaccine is our first step toward what we hoped could be a once-a-year COVID-19 vaccine that you can get along with your flu vaccine.”

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However, according to Guest, interest in COVID-19 safety has waned.

“There’s been a lot of miscommunication,” Guest said. It makes me sad that we haven’t done a better job of making this vaccine available to everyone.”

A line of people waiting to receive their COVID-19 vaccines and boosters at the Latin American Association’s Immunization Day on September 17, 2022.

credit: Alex Antu

A line of people waiting to receive their COVID-19 vaccines and boosters at the Latin American Association's Immunization Day on September 17, 2022.

credit: Alex Antu

A line of people waiting to receive their COVID-19 vaccines and boosters at the Latin American Association’s Immunization Day on September 17, 2022.

credit: Alex Antu

credit: Alex Antu

Q&A on the new COVID-19 booster shots

Q: If someone has received the primary series and booster of their COVID-19 vaccine, can they get the bivalent booster?

Jody Guest, epidemiologist at Emory University School of Public Health: Yes. But I am going to give you some caveats for this. They should wait somewhere between two and four months after their most recent dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before receiving this new bivalent booster.

Q: What if someone has received two primary doses of the vaccine, plus a booster, but then gets COVID?

a: If they have had COVID-19 in the past four months, they should probably wait three months before getting this new bivalent booster.

Some new data is emerging that leads us to believe that if you have recently had a COVID-19 infection, you will not receive the full effect of this new bivalent vaccine until your immune system responds to COVID-19. does not calm down. Your COVID-19 infection is still giving you some protection.

Q: Can you receive a bivalent COVID-19 booster and a flu vaccine at the same time?

a: You can have them absolutely at the same time. (However, if you want to get the shots in two different arms, I suggest keeping them separate) If you don’t want both arms to hurt at the same time. (I prefer to take both shots in one hand), as I will only get hurt in one hand.

Q: If you’re going to get your first COVID vaccine series now, will it be a bivalent vaccine, or the original?

a: If you don’t have a COVID-19 vaccine yet, you get the original series, which is still available. This is because this is the baseline at which we want your immune system to start working. Then after four months, you can have this bivalent (booster) vaccine.

Q: What is the recommended difference between vaccines and boosters from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson?

a: You wait four months to have the bivalent booster (after you have taken your primary vaccine dose).

Q: What side effects should people expect from a bivalent booster? Are they different from the original vaccines?

a: We’re (still) collecting data, but our first swipe shows us there are similar side effects. The most common are arm pain, a day or two of fatigue, and headache.

Q: Have you received a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster?

a: Yes.

Q: How was your experience?

a: it was very nice. In fact, I had fewer symptoms than this (during my first series). I had extreme side effects during my first series of vaccines, but not with my boosters, so I have (experienced) both.

you can use CDC’s Online Tool To find out when and where you can get your next COVID-19 booster, go here www.vaccines.gov,

Tony Paccassi prepares vaccines for COVID-19 on the vaccination day of the Latin American Federation on September 17, 2022.

credit: Alex Antu

Tony Paccassi prepares vaccines for COVID-19 on the vaccination day of the Latin American Federation on September 17, 2022.

credit: Alex Antu

Tony Paccassi prepares vaccines for COVID-19 on the vaccination day of the Latin American Federation on September 17, 2022.

credit: Alex Antu

credit: Alex Antu

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