*UPDATED* Pfizer & Moderna bivalent boosters now available

*Updated 9/15/2022 to include Moderna bivalent boosters*

We are now stocked with the Pfizer & Moderna bivalent boosters and have set up walk-in clinic dates to make it easy for you to receive yours! We will be offering these boosters at all of our shot clinics as well as the following dates and times at our office:

  • September 13th: 1-4pm
  • September 15th: 1-4pm
  • September 16th: 1-4pm
  • September 19th: 1-4pm
  • September 20th: 1-4pm
  • September 22nd: 1-4pm

 

 

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Updated COVID-19 boosters are now available. What are they, who should get them, and when?

On September 1, 2022, the CDC issued new recommendations for COVID-19 boosters, after the FDA authorized updated booster formulas from both Pfizer and Moderna. The CDC recommends that everyone who is eligible stay up-to-date on vaccinations by getting an updated booster dose at least 2 months after their last COVID-19 shot—either since their last booster dose, or since completing their primary series. Pfizer’s updated booster shot is recommended for individuals 12 and older, and Moderna’s updated booster shot is recommended for adults 18 and older.

These new boosters contain an updated bivalent formula that both boosts immunity against the original coronavirus strain and also protects against the newer Omicron variants that account for most of the current cases. Updated boosters are intended to provide optimal protection against the virus and address waning vaccine effectiveness over time.

Eligible individuals can get either the Pfizer or Moderna updated booster, regardless of whether their primary series or most recent dose was with Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax, or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

As per the CDC’s recommendations, the new bivalent booster replaces the existing monovalent vaccine booster, therefore that vaccine will no longer be authorized for use as booster doses in people age 12 and up.

 

COVID-19 Boosters Temporarily Out-of-Stock

Per the CDC guidance released on 8/31/22 PCHD currently does not have the appropriate COVID 19 vaccines on hand to provide booster shots to anyone 12 years and older at this time.  We are working on getting the bivalent COVID-19 vaccines authorized for booster shots and we will announce when these become available.

We will notify when we are re-stocked! We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

 

 

Flu & COVID-19 Shot Clinics Scheduled

We have plenty of Flu & COVID-19 shot clinics scheduled throughout Pike County in September & October! Some are drive thru events and some will be offered during our resource fairs!

Private pay, most insurances, medicare & medicaid accepted. COVID-19 vaccines are free. Private pay prices: Flu-$25, High Dose-$80, Flubok-$75

  • 9/21: 2-6 p.m. Drive-Thru BG Visitors Park (drive thru)
  • 9/26: 12-4 p.m. Clarksville Pocket Park (resource fair)
  • 10/3: 12-4 p.m. Eolia Community Room (resource fair)
  • 10/5: 2-6 p.m. Louisiana County Market (drive thru)
  • 10/17: 12-4 p.m. Trimble House Louisiana (resource fair)
  • 10/18: 12-4 p.m. Frankford at the Fire Station (resource fair)
  • 10/20: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Curryville Presbyterian Church

Please bring your insurance cards with you! Private Pay, Most Insurances, Medicare & Medicaid accepted.

  • Flu – $25
  • High Dose – $80
  • Flubok – $75
  • COVID-19 – FREE!

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COVID-19 TESTING AT PCHD

Pike County Health Department has a limited supply of free at home self-administer test available for any individual 2 years and older. Testing at home is not to be used in place of seeking medical care by your healthcare provider, urgent care, or emergency care. Positive tests taken at home should be reported to our agency.

We will be hosting On-Site COVID-19 testing events in our office parking throughout the year. Please stay up-to-date with us by following us on social media or signing up for our PCHD Newsletters.

NO WALK IN testing will be performed at this time- PLEASE DO NOT ENTER OUR BUILDING IF YOU ARE ILL. YOU MAY PARK AND CALL OUR OFFICE FOR A NURSE TO BRING YOU A TEST. In order for our Public Health Nurses to perform a test and provide you with documentation of your positive or negative test result, scheduled appointments will be required. NO WORK OR SCHOOL EXCUSES WILL BE PROVIDED, only proof of your results.

CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER/URGENT CARE/EMERGENCY ROOM IF:

  • If you have moderate to severe illness (experience shortness of breath or have difficulty breathing, etc.)
  • If you are unsure if your symptoms are considered moderate to severe.
  • If COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen.
  • If you are unsure when to end isolation.

PCHD PH nursing staff can perform limited testing to individuals in businesses/congregate settings in the community as part of an outbreak investigation, those that are underserved, or on an as needed basis for those who are symptomatic or exposed regardless of vaccine status.

Screening test may be performed for those who are asymptomatic with no known exposure to help prevent further transmission including but not limited to employees in a workplace setting or before/after travel.

UPCOMING ON-SITE TESTING EVENTS: 

  • Wednesday, August 24th, 1-2pm
  • Wednesday, August 31st, 1-2pm

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COVID-19 Community Impact Survey! / Encuesta del Impacto de COVID 19 a la Comunidad

Pike County Health Dept. is seeking the input from members of our community to better understand their needs.
Please take a moment for this brief and anonymous survey, you may also take it online here >>>

 

This survey is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $35,569,951 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are thos e of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Pike busca las opiniones de la comunidad. Queremos aprender mejor las necesidades de la comunidad para mejorar el bienestar de los vecinos. Le pedimos favor de completar esta encuesta. No necesitamos su nombre; mantenemos el anónimo. También Ud. puede completar la encuesta por internet en el sitio web: www.pikecountyhealth.org.

¡Gracias!

El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos se apoyan esta encuesta como un parte du un premio financiero de $35,569,951. Cien porcentajes financiados por el CDC/HHS. La encuesta es do los autores y no se representan ni las opiniones ni es una aprobación del CDC/HHS ni el gobierno de los

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CDC Strengthens Recommendations and Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots

CDC has expanded eligibility of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to everyone 5 years of age and older, recommending that children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.

Vaccination with a primary series among this age group has lagged behind other age groups leaving them vulnerable to serious illness.

CDC has also strengthened its recommendation that those 12 and older who are immunocompromised and those 50 and older should receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first.

While older Americans have the highest coverage of any age group of first booster doses, most older Americans received their last dose many months ago, leaving many who are vulnerable without the protection they may need to prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death.

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CDC Updates & Resources

Here you can find the most recently updated and/or released CDC COVID-19 publications, resources, and meetings listed below:

Recently Published COVID-19 Related Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWRs)

 

CDC COVID-19 Resources

New & Updated

  • COVID-19 Behavioral Surveys: CDC is recruiting LHDs to participate in a study to help enhance understanding of the complex challenges that limit adoption of recommended COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination practices among vulnerable populations. Interested health departments should contact Michelle Nelson at mnelson@bctpartners.com.
  • On April 14, 2022, the FDA revised the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the COVID-19 oral antiviral therapeutic Paxlovid to authorize an additional dose pack presentation with appropriate dosing for patients with moderate renal impairment within the scope of the EUA. As a result, Paxlovid will soon be available in two package presentations.
  • Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers: Effective April 14, 2022, CDC’s Amended Order aligns post arrival public health requirements for excepted noncitizen nonimmigrants with current CDC recommendations. The Amended Order also clarifies that parents or guardians do not need to complete an attestation on behalf of children under 2 years of age.
  • COVID Data Tracker’s Wastewater Surveillance tab now displays data showing levels of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater in participating communities across the United States. The current SARS-CoV-2 levels for each site are shown as a comparison to past levels at that site.
  • COVID Data Tracker added U.S. territories to the COVID-19 Community Levels map on the County View
  • COVID-19 Vaccines for People Who Would Like to Have a Baby includes information about COVID-19 vaccination and fertility.
  • Recommendations to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in Tribal Settings includes information on how CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levelscan help Elders and leaders make decisions about community prevention strategies based on whether their own or a neighboring county is classified as a low, medium, or high community level. Recommendations to help tribal members stay safe during tribal ceremonies and gatherings is also included.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children and Teens includes updated answers to commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination in children ages 5 through 11 years.
  • 6 Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children includes vaccination information for parents and caregivers of children ages 5 years and older.
  • Vaccinating Children with Disabilities Against COVID-19 includes strategies for vaccine providers and partners to improve COVID-19 vaccine accessibility for children with disabilities and special healthcare needs.

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