Huntington-Cabell Health Department awaits shipment of new COVID-19 boosters
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — With the recommendation of the CDC, new boosters are already being put into service across the country.
Here at home, West Virginia health officials are eager to get their hands on it.
“We don’t have ours yet, but we’re expecting it in the next few days,” said Cabell-Huntington Health Department CEO and Chief Health Officer Dr. Michael Kilkenny.
It is a bivalent booster, meaning it protects against the original COVID strain and omicron variants.
“If a person gets this reminder right now, it should protect them from what’s circulating now and it may look like the next one,” Kilkenny said.
Experts urge people to get this booster, especially ahead of flu season.
“First, it helps you avoid getting the disease, it helps you avoid being hospitalized, it helps you avoid dying, and it helps prevent complications from the disease,” Kilkenny said.
They’re so convinced it’s effective, it’s the only booster available now.
“The old formulation is no longer licensed for adult use,” Kilkenny said.
If you think another shot isn’t worth it, Kilkenny disagrees.
“Everyone I’ve had has hurt my arm, but I’m going to put up with a few days of arm pain as opposed to several days of illness, even if it’s just a pseudo-illness. flu,” Kilkenny said. “I don’t really have time for that.”
Cabell-Huntington Health Department will conduct walk-in visits upon shipment arrival.
“I’ll get mine as soon as it’s available,” Kilkenny said.
To get the booster, you need to make sure it’s been at least two months since your last COVID shot.
Health officials are particularly urging people over 50 to make sure they get it.
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