BARRON COUNTY -- People 12 years and older are now able to receive updated COVID-19 boosters. These boosters are also known as bivalent boosters. Doses of the updated COVID-19 boosters are expected to arrive at Barron County Public Health this week. They will be available starting Friday, September 16th. Walk-ins are welcome on Fridays from 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm and at other times by appointment. Barron County Public Health is located at 335 East Monroe Avenue in Barron, Wisconsin.
The updated boosters have received approval and are the first Omicron-specific vaccines to be made available in the United States. They target the original strain of COVID-19 as well as the Omicron strains BA.4 and BA.5 that are spreading now.
The updated boosters are recommended for people 12 years and older who have received their first and second COVID-19 vaccines and have not received a COVID-19 vaccine dose in the last two months. People 12 years of age and older are able to receive the updated Pfizer COVID-19 booster. People 18 years of age and older are eligible to receive the updated Moderna COVID-19 booster. The Pfizer and Moderna updated boosters can be given to anyone who has already received Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, or Novavax as their first dose(s).
Children ages 5-11 continue to be eligible for the original COVID-19 booster, which provides protection against the original strain of COVID-19. It is anticipated that this age group will be eligible for the updated boosters in the coming months. Barron County Public Health offers first, second, and booster doses on Fridays from 8 am to 12 pm and 1pm to 4 pm. Walk-ins welcome. Other times are available by appointment. To find a vaccine near you, visit www.vaccines.gov.