2022-09-19 — New COVID-19 booster vaccines are making their debut this fall, and they’ve been modified to target specific omicron variants that are causing the majority of new cases in the United States.
The boosters — made by Pfizer and Moderna — won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed by granting the vaccines emergency use authorization.
Who is recommended and eligible to get a bivalent vaccine dose?
The bivalent booster doses are for people who’ve already completed a primary series of COVID-19 vaccination, either a two-dose regimen by Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax, or the single shot of Johnson & Johnson.
What if I recently tested positive for COVID-19, or just got a monovalent vaccine dose?
The CDC recommends that people wait at least two months after a recent coronavirus vaccine dose before getting a bivalent booster, and three months after a COVID-19 infection. However, some vaccine experts suggest waiting even longer, from four to six months after someone’s last exposure to the virus or a previous COVID-19 vaccine dose.
CDC also recommends that people may get the booster when they get flu shots, and barring an outbreak of a new variant, consider it an annual shot going forward.
COVID-19 Precautions at SsAM
The wearing of masks is a personal decision and people are welcome to choose to mask at any time as well as decide on their level of contact with others. We continue to have masks available for anyone needing one.
Our air cleaning systems — iWave-C self-cleaning, bi-polar ionization generators — are state of the art, built to kill pathogens of all kinds, including viruses.
Anyone feeling ill, or who has had a recent positive test or exposure to someone with COVID-19, should not attend worship or church activities until their situation is resolved.
The Passing of the Peace is, for the time being, from a distance and not our old habit of shaking hands and hugging one another.
Those taking communion may dip their wafers (but not their fingers) into the communion wine or sip from the cup or do without. Click here to watch Bishop Brown’s video about returning to the common cup.