The new COVID-19 monovalent vaccine was recently approved and is expected to be available locally in the next week. The new vaccines, which are designed to protect against the current Omicron subvariants, are the only vaccines currently approved. The previous bivalent COVID-19 vaccines were deauthorized on Sept. 11.
In addition to the new vaccine, COVID vaccines have transitioned to the commercial market which means they will no longer be purchased by the federal government and provided free of charge to all U.S. residents. Instead, they will be available through commercial insurance, Medicaid, including California’s Medi-Cal program, Medicare, the Vaccines for Children Program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services Public Health branch will also have a limited number of vaccines available for uninsured adults at its main clinic in Eureka. For more information, call your local pharmacy, primary care provider or the Public Health Clinic at 707-268-2108.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine commercialization, click on the Vaccinate ALL 58 vaccination program’s FAQ page: https://eziz.org/covid/commercialization-faqs/.
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