@luckytran I'm getting mine tomorrow, after donating blood.
I didn't attempt to get it before because that would have pushed back the window for donation several weeks, and the pool of people who can and are willing to donate has shrunk considerably in the past three years and change--and is likely to keep shrinking, as donors get sick, thanks to the "it's over" propaganda they get from everyone, and not masking in donation centers.
PSA: if you cannot receive an MRNA Covid Vaccine, you can now make an appointment at COSTCO to get the newly approved Novavax for COVID-19; use the link, or call to check if they take walk-ins.
Remember: you don't have to wait six months to get it.
Go forth and be safe.
ETA: screenshot of FDA fact sheet
If you go to Walgreens or CVS for your #COViDVaccines they may try to charge you: tell them about the Federal Bridge program.
@leadegroot that is very strange, as far as I can see any adult can get a booster if it’s been at least 6 months since last vaccine/infection 😕 This is current as of yesterday ~ https://www.health.gov.au/our-work/covid-19-vaccines/getting-your-vaccination/booster-doses
Also also, via @RabbiRutiRegan:
Boston Children’s Hospital has appointments for Moderna boosters for kids (including under 5s), and they’re willing to give flu shots at the same visit.
617-355-5358 is their scheduling number. (For some reason covid boosters aren’t showing up in the portal.)
Is there a COSTCO, Albertson's or (ugh) Walmart near you? They're under the contract to provide free #COVIDBoosters
I wish more people were talking about this
@ashedryden Got my flu booster a couple of weeks ago (only the second year I’ve been eligible for that) – and I think I was the only person masking in the vaccination centre 😷
But here in Scotland the NHS is only offering Covid boosters to people in more vulnerable groups (and those who care for them)
So I’m going to have to be even more cautious for the next year or so, I imagine, as I doubt I have much if any immunity to the variants going around at the moment 😞
It seems the only thing the Conservative Government in Ontario seems to be able to plan ahead is making sure their supporters and friends profit from them being in power. Any planning for the people of the province is always haphazard and too little too late. #ClimateChange, #Seasons, #COVIDBoosters, #LTC #Schools #Masking - all topics that this government ignore and their response is “Who knew that <fill in the blank> would be an issue.
#COVID Call to action!
@mattbc (on twitter):
"If you have a reason for requiring Novavax that is directly related to a disability (i.e. allergy to components of the mRNA vaccines), and would like to take a brief action that may help* Novavax availability...
(* it may not, I make no promises)"
CDC 'Get a booster!'
UK Government? 'Whateva' ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
UPDATE: the CDC Director accept the ACIP recommendation, we ALL get boosters!
A few days ago, I shared a link to the public comment page for the #CDC docket item regarding #COVIDBoosters and vaccines; there was also a pretty shoddily-written NPR piece going around, basically saying, "nah, only people over 65 need the shot".
Call to action! The #CDC has a public comment open; let it know that you want the new #COVIDBoosters to be recommended for everyone, not just the elderly or most vulnerable, because the higher the percentage of vaccinated and boosted people, the lower risk for vulnerable people.
Download, read, tell the CDC that everyone needs and deserves protection
Public comments will be closed on midnight September 8/2023. Docket to comment on: CDC 2023-0060
@shawrd773 I feel zero reassurance that, for a virus that mutates rapidly, and that damages all organs of the body, regardless of severity of symptoms, the position is, "just a few people need protection" rather than "when most people are protected, then those whose systems are too compromised to get vaccinated won't be at risk, because there won't be community transmission".
Which has always been the case for vaccination for other high transmission diseases.
Remember: the higher the percentage of vaccinated and boosted people, the lower risk for vulnerable people.
Go forth and give the CDC hell! demand protection for everyone.
ETA: public comments will be closed midnight September 8/2023. Docket to comment on: CDC 2023-0060
I'm seeing rumors that the Covid boosters might only be recommended for elderly and immunocompromised people. There are many reasons the boosters should be recommended and available to everyone: public health vs. individual protection, long covid, long-term health effects, dangers of repeated infection, school outbreaks, etc. Please consider submitting a public comment before the ACIP meeting. Comments due Friday.
#Covid #CovidBoosters #vaccines #CDC
Updated #CovidBoosters could be authorized by end of month, #Pfizer says
The drugmaker's prediction comes as #Covid hospitalizations are once again on the rise. Days after the #FDA advised the drugmakers to update the shots to target #XBB.1.5 ahead of a fall #CovidBooster campaign.
"Millions of Australians are overdue for COVID-19 boosters. Why aren't they getting them?"
🔹According to data from the Australian Immunisation Register, 16.6 million adults nationally haven't had a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 6 months, while 2.9 million have.
There’s 3 new and simplified categories for assessing individual risk. The WHO wants a new covid vaccine that more broadly covers multiple variants, that is longer in duration and that doesn’t need extreme cold. Current covid boosters don’t carry harm, rather they only provide minimal additional benefits.
Reports that China could be experiencing up to a million new cases a day has sparked global fears about the potential for new variants to emerge with Beijing to reopen its borders next week