Covid cases on the rise in Plumas; new boosters available

The Plumas County Public Health Agency reported 21 new COVID cases over the past seven days, which is double the previous reporting for the seven days prior. Additionally the positivity rate doubled.

While most individuals experience mild symptoms, Shasta County reported nine deaths in the past 14 days. They were a man in his 30s, a woman and two men in their 60s, a man and a woman in their 70s, two women in their 80s and one person over the age of 89.

Now is a good time to get an updated booster vaccine available widely throughout the county — at the Public Health Agency, local healthcare providers, and pharmacies.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorizations of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to authorize bivalent formulations of the vaccines for use as a single booster dose at least two months following a primary or booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.

The Plumas County Public Health Agency offers Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Novavax vaccines and boosters on alternating Thursdays. Next dates are Sept. 22 for a Moderna clinic, whereas Sept. 29 will be a Pfizer-BioNTech clinic and Novavax. The same pattern continues into October. Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are no longer available at Public Health.

COVID-19 vaccines are also available at the below locations for children (5 years and up) and adults. Vaccines for children 6 months old up to 5 years old are only available at Public Health or from your child’s primary care provider at this time in Plumas County.

Vaccine locations:

Plumas County Public Health Clinic, Thursdays, sign up at Myturn.ca.gov or call 530-283-6330

Portola Village Pharmacy: 530-832-4218 https://www.portolavillagepharmacy.com/

Lassen Drug: 530-258-2261 http://www.lassendrug.com/home.html

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Eastern Plumas Health Care: 530-832-6600

Plumas District Hospital: 530-283-5640

Seneca Healthcare District: 530-258-2151, ext. 1047

RiteAid Pharmacy: 530-283-1809 https://www.riteaid.com/

Quincy Pharmacy: 530-283-4545 https://quincypharmacy.com/

*Note: People between the ages of 12 and 39 may consider waiting 8 weeks between the first and second dose of the mRNA vaccine series

The bivalent vaccines, which are also referred to as “updated boosters,” contain two messenger RNA (mRNA) components of SARS-CoV-2 virus, one of the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 and the other one in common between the BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2.

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent, is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 18 years of age and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent, is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 12 years of age and older. With this most recent authorization, the original monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are no longer authorized as booster doses for individuals 12 years of age and older. The FDA will work quickly to evaluate future data and submissions to support authorization of bivalent COVID-19 boosters for additional age groups

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