New Booster: Los Angeles County is scheduled to begin procuring reformulated COVID boosters starting next week

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A newly formulated vaccine booster targeting the Omicron variant should arrive in Los Angeles County next week, the county health director said Thursday.

Federal authorities this week approved the booster modification aimed at the variant that dominated the world last year.

The Pfizer booster is approved for ages 12+ and the Moderna booster is approved for ages 18+.

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Los Angeles County Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday the county has pre-ordered 170,000 doses of the new mRNA booster and expects to receive shipments Sept. 6-9.

She noted that when the FDA approved the reformulated booster, they also disabled the existing formula for those ages 12 and older. She said LA County will no longer be able to give boosters to adults for the time being, even if there are remaining supplies available, until the new formula arrives. The existing Pfizer booster will continue to be available for children aged 5 to 11.

She said there will be 958 locations – including mobile health clinics, public health facilities and community pharmacies – that should be ready to start administering the booster by mid-September.

For information on how to find a website offering the new booster, see Available from the county website here.

The new US boosters are ‘bivalent’ shots, meaning they are formulated to protect against the original virus as well as the two newest Omicron variants, BA.4 and BA.5, which are thought to be even more contagious.

“The priority, as always, is to ensure easy access to the bivalent booster for all those entitled,” said Ferrer.

Ferrer estimates that about 7 million people in Los Angeles County will be eligible for the new booster — and likely half of them will want to get it — meaning there’s likely to be a wait at first.

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