Updated COVID-19 Vaccines Available

The new COVID-19 vaccination has been updated with a more recent strain of the virus.

Like annual flu vaccines, the new COVID-19 vaccination has been updated with a more recent strain of the virus. The Health Department of Northwest Michigan (HDNW) is offering these vaccines during onsite and community-based flu clinics based on availability. People may get both the flu and COVID
vaccines during the same appointment.

“In the fall vaccines continue to be one of the best and safest ways to protect ourselves and our loved ones against severe or prolonged symptoms of COVID,” says Dr. Joshua Meyerson, HDNW Medical Director. “These vaccines reduce the risk of developing severe COVID-19 complications and
hospitalization.”

People at greatest risk of COVID complications remain older adults and those with underlying illness which increases their risk of respiratory disease, such as heart and lung disease, diabetes, and those who are immunocompromised from illness or medications. Pregnancy and infants under 6 months of age are also at higher risk, and those with multiple conditions are at greatest risk for severe illness.

“For healthy adults and children, the risk of severe disease is likely already low due to prior immunization or infection, but receiving an updated vaccine dose may further reduce their risk as well as help protect those around them,” Dr. Meyerson adds.

The latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations are that anyone 6 months of age and older may receive a dose of the updated vaccine (either Moderna or Pfizer). There should be at least a two-month interval from a previous COVID vaccine. For most people, only a single dose is needed regardless of the number of doses previously received, although young children who are unvaccinated and those who are immunocompromised may need a second dose.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call our local staff at 800-432-4121. To review a list of upcoming community-based clinics, click here.

Please note: The new vaccines are arriving in limited amounts. Our staff will schedule appointments accordingly. In addition to HDNW, the vaccines are available at area pharmacies and medical provider offices.