A new Covid-19 Booster shot is rolling out in pharmacies across the nation.
The CDC states that the Covid-19 virus is constantly changing and mutating therefore the vaccines available to prevent it are also continually evolving.
The most recent Covid-19 booster began rolling out in September with pharmacies across the state offering them to the public.
We spoke with Mainline Pharmacy about the roll-out.
“They’re updated for the most recent variants that Pfizer and Moderna are able to make, They make the vaccines so they offer the most protection, or the best protection you can get at this time.”
The CDC also recommends that vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death. It also reduces your chance of suffering the effects of Long COVID.
“It’s similar to the flu, Every year they come out with an updated version of the flu shot. The backbone is the same thing but they make slight changes to it. As virus mutate they look a little bit differently so they need to change the vaccine shape to best fit the current version of the virus.”
While in years past, the Covid-19 vaccine was government sponsored and free to the public, it is now up to a person’s insurance to have it covered unless offered by a clinic that participates in the CDC’s Bridge Access Program.
“In the past it was purchased by the government and distributed to pharmacies and doctors free of charge but now it’s up to the pharmacies and the doctors to pay for it and bill the insurance just like any other vaccine,”
For more information on the Covid-19 Vaccine contact your local doctor or pharmacist.