The COVID infections As new variants continue to cause concern in New York, where hospitalizations have been increasing since the summer, authorities are making an urgent call for New Yorkers to take more precautions and protect themselves with the new updated vaccine, which will be available later this week. The Food and Drug Administration approved the improved doses of Pfizer and Moderna for adults and children up to 6 months, which from 5 years can be a single dose.
In the middle of the spread of COVIDmedical experts and the governor of New York herself, Kathy Hochul, They warned that immunity from previous vaccines and infections does not guarantee protection against new strains, so they implored the updated vaccine to be injected.
“The vaccine has always been the best way to protect against COVID-19 both you and your community, and this updated vaccine addresses the newest strains of the virus that are currently circulating,” he said. the state representative during a press conference this Wednesday, in which he highlighted the importance of getting immunized, especially at this time of year.
“As we enter the fall season, when respiratory viruses are circulating, it is vital that New Yorkers consider receiving this updated vaccine to protect themselves from this still dangerous virus,” the Democratic leader said, stating that even those who have never been vaccinated can receive the new dose, which will avoid preventable deaths and infections at a time when flu, COVID and RSV come together.
The governor He also raised his voice so that those New Yorkers who have symptoms take a test and if they test positive go to their doctors and hospitals to receive quick treatment that reduces the chances of serious results, especially for immunocompromised patients, with pulmonary or cardiovascular irregularities and He highlighted that more than feeling afraid, it is about acting in time.
“I know everyone wants COVID to be over, but COVID is not over with us.. Hospitalizations are increasing. People have questions about new strains, new variants, what is all this? And as we get closer to the fall season, you see a pattern, when all the respiratory diseases start to show up. But here in New York, we don’t panic, we prepare,” Hochul said.
New York health authorities said they expect the updated vaccine, initially developed to target the Omicron subvariant, XBB.1.5, to be available in pharmacies and doctors’ offices in the coming days.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that more than 90% of currently circulating COVID viruses are related to Omicron strainsand the updated vaccine has proven effective in boosting immunity even with the new variant, BA.2.86.
New York State Department of Health Commissioner James McDonaldjoined the Governor’s call and asked New Yorkers not to throw the recommendations on deaf ears.
“As we approach the fall and winter months and once again see a surge of COVID across the state, I urge all New Yorkers to remember that COVID is a treatable disease,” the medical expert said. “We now have an updated vaccine that will help reduce your chances of serious illness and hospitalization. Remember that this is about personal protection, personal prevention and personal well-being.”
Health authorities also stated that the new vaccine is covered by most health insurance planswithout the need for co-payments, and even those people who do not have a hospital care program will be able to receive the free dose at community health centers, local health departments and pharmacies that are part of the Bridge Access Program.
Data on the new updated vaccine against COVID-19
- Children 6 months to 4 years old receiving the vaccine for the first time will have two doses of the Moderna vaccine or three doses of the Pfizer vaccine
- Children 6 months to 4 years old who have been previously vaccinated will receive only one dose of either of the two updated vaccines
- Children ages 5 to 11 are eligible to receive a single dose of the updated vaccine, at least 2 months after their last dose.
- Those over 12 years of age who have been previously vaccinated should receive a single dose of the updated Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
- People over 12 years of age who have not been vaccinated will receive two injections
- Those who have had COVID-19 in the last two months should talk to a doctor
- They also recommend New Yorkers get vaccinated this season against flu and RSV.
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