Residents are urged to get the latest COVID-19 booster September 23, 2022 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Health officials continue to urge anyone who qualifies for a bivalent booster against COVID-19. The booster has been formulated to provide broader protection as it targets both the parent strain and the omicron subvariant BA.5, which is currently dominant in the US. Pfizer’s bivalent booster is available for individuals 12 years of age and older, while Moderna’s bivalent booster is available for individuals 18 years of age and older, if at least two months have passed since the last vaccination. They have been available in Hawaii since Labor Day weekend. As of Wednesday, 23,354 bivalent boosters had been administered in the state, according to DOH. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it’s OK for people ages 18 and older for boosters to be different from the primary series they receive. So adults who had Pfizer as a primary series or initial booster can get the Moderna bivalent booster as a follow-up and vice versa. DOH has ordered 62,100 doses of the Pfizer bivalent booster and 10,500 of the Moderna bivalent booster. Of the orders, 51,300 Pfizer doses and all 10,500 Moderna doses have been delivered to the state, according to spokesman Brooks Baehr, so there’s more of the former than the latter. The United States Department of Defense and pharmacies receive doses from the federal government that are independent of the health department and also have an allocation of both. Meanwhile, the Queen’s Health System is hosting another flu and COVID-19 vaccination event at the Punchbowl medical center and driveway of Physicians Office Building 3 in Honolulu from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDC says both the flu and COVID-19 injections can be taken at the same time. Those wanting both a flu and a COVID-19 shot, or just the latter, should head to the Queen’s Conference Center near Punchbowl and South Beretania streets, with free parking. Queen’s will offer the Pfizer COVID-19 bivalent booster. Those who only want a flu shot can drive to the POB 3 driveway of Lauhala Street and stay in their vehicle. No appointment is necessary and vaccines are administered on a first-come, first-served basis to individuals 5 years of age and older. Residents who want specific vaccines or boosters can do a search on vaccins.gov, which will allow one to select the bivalent Moderna or Pfizer, as well as other vaccines, near its zip code. Kaiser Permanente offers the Moderna bivalent boosters at Moanalua Medical Center, West Oahu Medical Office, Waipio Medical Office, and at the Lihue Clinic on Maui and Kona Medical Office on the island of Hawaii. DOH also reported 14 more deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s coronavirus-related death toll to 1,679. The average number of daily COVID-19 cases in Hawaii continued their decline, according to figures released by the Department of Health on Wednesday, but the pandemic is not over, state leaders said. Related Posts New social security law changes the pension system Not retiring? Don’t Make These 3 Social Security Mistakes | ap Social Security Payments: First Half of Monthly SSI $1,682 Checks Ship in Just Five Days | USA & World About The Author Luis Philip Add a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.