Many people were concerned that the past several COVID-19 booster shots were insufficient to protect against the different COVID-19 virus variants that keep showing since the beginning of 2020. This is because the original vaccines (used as boosters) were designed only to tackle the original SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus causing COVID-19 disease).
That was partially true; however, the successive booster shots managed to decrease the probability of severe outcomes, including death. This was clear from the statistics showing a high number of COVID-19 cases, but with less hospitalization and death. The WHO just announced that the death rates are now the least since starting to document COVID-19 deaths in March 2020.
Right now, an improved Moderna Spikevax “Bivalent” COVID-19 vaccine is about to change the narrative.
In the vaccine context, “Bivalent” means the new booster shot can greatly fight two strains: the original strain and the Omicron strain!
Although there were several other highly contagious COVID-19 virus strains, such as the alpha and the delta strains, the manufacturer of the Moderna vaccine chose to target the Omicron strain (in addition to the original) since it was the most contagious, albeit less severe.
The Moderna Bivalent vaccine will begin to roll out in Alberta on September 21, 2022. The eligibility criteria are as follows:
- should have received at least two or more (same or mixed) doses (i.e. boosters) of COVID-19 vaccines such as Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca
- at least 5 months after your last dose or the most recent infection of COVID-19
- if you are immunocompromised, you can get the bivalent vaccine 3-5 months after your last dose or your most recent infection
You can book your Moderna Bivalent vaccine from the link down below:
You can also do a walk-in at a medical clinic or a community pharmacy or a pharmacy near you anywhere.
If you live in Ogden or Riverbend in Calgary, AB, Ogden Pharmacy can help with your vaccination.
Call us at 587-391-9878 to inquire about the Moderna Spikevax Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine.
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