Román-Hernández said his organization offers additional incentives to encourage people to get vaccinated, such as food or gift cards.
“We’ve seen interest increase when we bring incentives to the table,” Román-Hernández said. “There are other issues for our community, like lack of transportation or language barriers and access to food. (providing incentives) has been more effective than simply organizing vaccination events.
A work in progress
On September 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended updated COVID reminders of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for ages 12 and older, and updated reminders of the Moderna vaccine for ages 18 and older.
“This is the first breakthrough in vaccines since we started using them in December 2020,” said Jodie Guest, an epidemiologist at Emory University’s School of Public Health.
“That’s our goal and we’re hoping we’re not going to do regular encores, every four months,” Guest said. “This new bivalent vaccine is our first step towards what we hoped will be an annual COVID-19 vaccine that you can receive at the same time as your flu shot.
However, according to Guest, interest in protecting against COVID-19 has waned.
“There were a lot of misunderstandings,” Guest said. It makes me sad that we haven’t done a better job of getting this vaccine out to everyone. »
Q&A on new COVID-19 reminders
Q: If someone has received the primary series of their COVID-19 vaccine and a booster, can they get a bivalent booster?
Jodie Guest, epidemiologist at Emory University School of Public Health: Yes. But I will give you some caveats for this. They would have to wait between two and four months after their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before receiving this new bivalent booster.
Q: What if someone received both doses of the primary vaccine, plus boosters, but then got COVID?
A: If they’ve had COVID-19 in the past four months, they’d actually probably have to wait up to three months before they get this new bivalent booster.
New data leads us to believe that if you have recently had a COVID-19 infection, you will not receive the full effect of this new bivalent vaccine until your immune system has calmed down after contracting COVID-19 . Your COVID-19 infection still gives you some protection.
Q: Can you get a bivalent COVID-19 booster and flu shot at the same time?
A: You can absolutely get them at the same time. (However, if you want to get the hits in two different arms, I suggest spacing them out) if you don’t want both arms hurting at the same time. (I prefer to receive both shots in one arm), because I prefer to have only one injured arm.
Q: If you are going to get your first set of COVID vaccines now, will it be a bivalent vaccine or the original?
A: If you haven’t had a COVID-19 vaccine yet, you get the original series, which is still available. That’s because that’s the foundation we want your immune system to start working on. Then, four months later, you can receive this bivalent vaccine (booster).
Q: What is the recommended spacing between Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and boosters?
A: (After receiving your primary vaccine doses), you wait four months to do the bivalent booster.
Q: What side effects should people expect with bivalent boosters? Are they different from those of the original vaccines?
A: We (still) collect the data, but our first scan shows us that there are similar side effects. A sore arm, some fatigue for a day or two, and a headache are the most common.
Q: Have you received a booster of the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine?
Q: How was the experience for you?
A: It was great. In fact, I had fewer symptoms of it than I did (on my first set). I had extreme side effects with my first round of vaccines, but not with my boosters, so I (experienced) both.
You can use the The CDC’s online tool to find out when and where you can get your next COVID-19 reminder or go to www.vaccines.gov.
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