CCCHD pausing COVID-19 booster shots ahead of authorization for bivalent vaccine

CLARK COUNTY – The Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD) has temporarily paused administering COVID-19 booster shots in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on the release of new, bivalent booster shots to protect against COVID-19.

CCCHD will no longer administer the current “monovalent” COVID-19 booster vaccine to individuals ages 12-and-up. Booster vaccine appointments previously set for Thursday, Sept. 1, have been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Anyone who is scheduled to start or finish a primary series, which is the first or second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, can still be vaccinated with the current supply of monovalent vaccine. The monovalent vaccines can only be administered to people who have not previously been vaccinated for COVID or have not yet received the two primary doses of mRNA vaccine.

CCCHD expects to resume scheduling COVID-19 booster appointments next week following the Labor Day holiday. The precise date is to be determined, but at that time public health nurses will utilize the updated vaccine formula for COVID-19 boosters.

New bivalent COVID-19 booster shots are created to combat against both the ancestral and Omicron strains of coronavirus. This bivalent booster will be able to be administered to eligible persons who are 12 years or older, if at least two months have passed since the completion of either their primary series, or their most recent booster.

Pausing the administration of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine comes as the CDC awaits recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which is scheduled to convene Thursday. Doses of the new vaccine may not be administered until the CDC endorses the recommendations of the ACIP.

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