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COVID updates: CDC signs off on new booster shots targeting omicron variant

HAVERFORD TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday approved updated COIVD-19 boosters, paving the way for a fall vaccination campaign that could mitigate a winter surge if enough Americans roll up their sleeves.

So far, the COVID vaccine has targeted the original strain of coronavirus. Pfizer and Moderna’s new vaccine booster targets the latest Omicron versions called BA4 and BA5, which are responsible for almost all COVID-19 infections.

“The virus has changed, it has mutated,” said Dr. Jonathan Stallkamp, ​​Chief Medical Officer of Main Line Health.

The updated booster replaces the current one and is intended only for people who have received primary COVID vaccinations.

Below are the latest numbers of fully vaccinated local residents who received a first booster shot:

  • Philly: 32.8%
  • Pennsylvania: 44.6%
  • Delaware: 48.5%
  • New Jersey: 49.9%

“I find that amazing because with the variants that are coming out, it makes it rather stressful for me. The viruses mutate and everything,” said Breyelle Gupton of Southwest Philadelphia.

“I think it helps. I think if I still get COVID it would probably be less severe,” Roxborough’s Laurence Tom said.

According to the CDC, unvaccinated people over the age of five are eight times more likely to die from COVID than those who receive a booster dose.

“Any type of vaccination can help prevent serious illness and death,” said Dr. stable camp “A booster shot makes it even less likely that this will happen, and it also helps prevent infection.”

Still, some say they’re not interested in getting another refresher.

“I feel the first vaccine ok but now that I’ve had it a couple of times there’s nothing better than having had it. So I won’t be doing any more refreshers,” said Scott Kalan of Bala Cynwyd.

The booster shots should be available in the coming weeks.

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