New COVID-19 Vaccine Available Soon in Blue Ridge Health District and UVA Health

New COVID-19 Vaccine Available Soon in Blue Ridge Health District and UVA Health

A new COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available in the Blue Ridge Health District and UVA Health. The district has already ordered the vaccines according to the state recommendations, and they are currently waiting for the delivery. It may take a few weeks for the vaccines to arrive.

While waiting, it is possible that the vaccine may become available in other places such as pharmacies and primary care providers. This wider availability will ensure that more people can access the vaccine and protect themselves against COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone, including children aged 6 months and older, should get the updated vaccine. However, older adults aged 65 and above and those who are immunocompromised will benefit the most from this new vaccine.

Dr. Bill Petri from UVA Health emphasizes that getting vaccinated in September or October will provide better protection against the current variants of the virus and carry individuals through to the New Year with higher antibody levels.

It is important to prioritize the vaccination of older adults and immunocompromised individuals to mitigate their risk of severe illness or complications from COVID-19.

As the vaccines become available, it is crucial to stay informed about the vaccination distribution plans in your area and follow the guidelines provided by health authorities. Protecting ourselves and our communities through vaccination is a collective effort in combating this pandemic.

COVID-19: Coronavirus Disease 2019 – a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Vaccine: A substance that stimulates the immune system to produce acquired immunity to a particular disease, protecting the body from future infections.

Source article: WVIR (local news station in Charlottesville, Virginia)

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