County urges residents to get COVID boosters and flu shots

Yolo County officials are urging residents to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including getting the new bivalent booster and getting the flu shot at the same time.

“Updated COVID-19 boosters, also known as bivalent boosters, target the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and predominant BA.4/5 Omicron strains and are now available in Yolo County” , officials said Monday. “The updated boosters provide better protection against infection with the Omicron variant and an overall increase in protection against serious diseases, which decline over time, especially in older people.”

Dr Aimee Sisson. Courtesy picture

Bivalent COVID-19 boosters are recommended for anyone age 12 and older. The Moderna bivalent booster is available for people 18 and older, and the Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster for people 12 and older. To be eligible, people must have received their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two months before receiving an updated booster.

“Now is also a good time for residents of Yolo County to get their seasonal flu shot,” the county said in a news release.

Flu shots are recommended annually for anyone six months of age and older.

“The upcoming flu season is expected to be severe, which makes flu shots all the more important,” county health officials said.

Local health care providers and pharmacies are already offering this year’s flu shot, and the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency will soon announce fall flu clinics.

The COVID-19 booster and the flu shot can be given at the same time.

“Updated COVID-19 boosters have arrived that provide additional protection against the Omicron variants currently circulating,” said Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. “Flu vaccines are also available now and can be given at the same time as the COVID booster. Protect yourself against COVID and the flu during the fall and winter by getting vaccinated now.

Sisson reported that rates of COVID-19 cases, test positivity, hospitalizations and sewage levels are currently declining or stable in Yolo County, but are expected to increase through the fall and winter. winter.

Decreased coronavirus transmission has allowed Yolo County to downgrade its mask advisory to medium COVID risk (yellow), recommending the wearing of high-quality masks indoors, especially for people over 50 years or suffering from an underlying condition. One-way masking with an N95, KN95 or KF94 provides excellent protection against COVID-19, as well as the flu, the county said.

For those unable to make it to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, the county continues to offer its Door Vax program, which provides home or workplace vaccinations for anyone age 5 and older. Bivalent vaccines are available for ages 12 and older. Call 530-902-3230 to schedule an appointment between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information on COVID vaccinations in California, visit www.myturn.ca.gov. For more information on COVID-19 in Yolo County, visit www.yolocounty.org/covid.

— Contact Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy.

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