Where can I get a booster dose of Moderna Bivalent?

Sept. 21 – Question: Is there a shortage of the new COVID-19 Moderna bivalent vaccine in Hawaii? I’ve had four Moderna vaccines, and am now eligible for my new bivalent booster dose. After putting in a lot of effort, I couldn’t find a vaccination site in Oahu that contained a bivalent COVID-19 Moderna booster. what’s up ?

Question: Is there a shortage of the new bivalent COVID-19 Moderna vaccine in Hawaii? I’ve had four Moderna vaccines, and am now eligible for my new bivalent booster dose. After putting in a lot of effort, I couldn’t find a vaccination site in Oahu that contained a bivalent COVID-19 Moderna booster. what’s up ?

Answer: A lower divalent booster is available from Moderna from Pfizer-BioNTech, but we had no trouble finding Oahu locations with appointments available, using our search tool. This federal website allows the user to filter their search for a COVID-19 core series or a booster shot by brand name and zip code. Our Tuesday search for bivalent booster shots turned up nearly as many sites using Moderna as Pfizer-BioNTech.

Also, adults do not have to get the same brand of booster vaccine they received for the primary vaccination for COVID-19, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So, even though you got Moderna for the initial series of vaccines and previous boosters, you can get the Pfizer-BioNTech Bivalent Booster now, and vice versa. When using the search tool, you can select one or both of the two “newly approved bivalent” options to find a location.

To answer other readers who have asked about a Moderna booster, no, you don’t have to be a Kaiser Permanente member to come in to get a COVID-19 booster dose at the Kaiser site, seven of which have bivalent booster doses available on Tuesday or were due today, Laura M. said: Lott, a spokeswoman for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.

She said Kaiser Mwanaloa Medical Center, West Oahu Medical Office, Waipio Medical Office, Lihue Clinic and Kona Medical Office had their updated Moderna boosters in stock on Tuesday, and the Honolulu Medical Office and Colau Medical Office were scheduled to receive them today.

Kaiser sites may also offer bivalent booster shots from Pfizer-BioNTech. Orders for a preferred brand are filled in based on availability at the time. We will confirm that Kaiser sites offer bivalent augmented snapshots of COVID-19 based on walking; No updated booster shots have been scheduled (unlike the initial series or booster shots for people under 12 years of age).

“We appreciate people’s patience as we meet the consistent demand for updated reinforcements,” Lott said.

If you care more about location than brand, check out your nearest retail pharmacy that offers COVID-19 boosters, such as CVS/Longs, Walgreens, Safeway, Times, Costco, and Walmart. Stop by in person, call or check out their website; Not all possibilities are listed on the federal government website.

Map of the Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine location for listings of pharmacies and clinics across the state. The search function filters by vaccine brand, but not specific for updated booster shots.

The CDC recommends that people 12 years of age or older who have completed the initial series of COVID-19 vaccines or who received the latest booster dose at least two months ago receive the bivalent booster, which targets the original virus and now prevalent omicron strains. People ages 12 to 17 may get the updated Pfizer-BioNTech booster, while people 18 and older may get the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna version.

The US government has ordered significantly more Pfizer-BioNTech’s bivalent than Moderna’s (105 million doses versus 66 million doses) for nationwide distribution. Factory inspections slowed the distribution of additional booster doses of Moderna after the initial run, according to The Washington Post, which reported Tuesday that the federal government is set to release an additional 10 million doses of Moderna now that safety concerns have been resolved; No problems were found.

As of Tuesday, 149,200 bivalent booster doses (111, 300 Pfizer-BioNTech and 37, 900 Moderna) were ordered in Hawaii, including 109,700 doses delivered (84, 900 Pfizer-BioNTech and 24, 800 Moderna) And 17, an additional 100 shipped (6, 600 Pfizer-BioNTech and 10, 500 Moderna), said Brooks Baher, a spokesperson for the state health department. This includes doses distributed in clinics and pharmacies across the state, including through the Department of Defense and retail pharmacies, he said. —— Write to Kokua Line at Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 7- 500, Honolulu, HI 96813; Call 808-529-4773; Or send an email to [email protected] ——

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