Additional Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Authorized for Those 65+ and For Those Ages 6 and Older who are Immunocompromised
Jackson, WY – April 24, 2023 – As of April 19, 2023, the FDA and CDC have authorized an additional bivalent COVID-19 vaccine for those 65 and up and for those ages 5 years and older who are immunocompromised. The bivalent COVID-19 vaccine protects against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5. Individuals 65 and older need to wait at least four months from their last COVID-19 vaccine to be eligible to receive an additional dose. Those who are immunocompromised and five years of age or older are eligible for an additional dose two months after their last COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on these changes and to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine visit, www.tetoncountywy.gov/covidvax. If you need assistance booking an appointment please call our COVID-19 Hotline at (307) 732-8628.
Beginning Thursday, April 27th the Teton County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will serve anyone ages six months and older by appointment only during any of the open clinic times. The change from having a kid-specific day and an adult-specific day is to help meet the vaccine demand in the community. Walk-ins are not available at this time.
In an effort to simplify the COVID-19 vaccines the monovalent (original) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be available or recommended for use. At this time, the CDC has authorized the use of the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine for all age groups.
If you have questions regarding whether you are eligible for or if this additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is medically necessary for you, please contact your primary care provider. Parents should contact their child’s pediatrician for questions relating to your child’s eligibility for an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.