The Hawaii Division of Wellness is recommending the updated COVID-19 vaccines to guard against the prevalent types of the illness in Hawaii. The newly updated vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have been authorized by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration and target the XBB lineages of the omicron variant, which make up the majority of COVID situations in Hawaii.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Illness Manage and Prevention advised the COVID vaccines for all folks aged six months and older. State Wellness Director Dr. Kenneth S. Fink expressed that the authorization of the new 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccines comes at a vital time as the quantity of COVID-19 situations and hospitalizations are rising. Finding the new vaccine will assistance lessen the spread of the illness in communities, specifically as the vacation season approaches.
The Division of Wellness states that these vaccines will be accessible by way of classic channels and need to be covered by wellness insurance coverage, Medicaid, and Medicare. The federal Bridge Access System presents no-expense COVID vaccines to uninsured or underinsured adults by way of participating retail pharmacy chains, healthcare providers, and federally supported wellness centers. Shipments of the vaccines are on the way and will be out there at diverse occasions and by way of many providers.
To obtain out there COVID-19 vaccines, folks can take a look at vaccines.gov.