Information about Vaccine
Vaccines are safe and effective. Because vaccines are given to millions of healthy people — including children — to prevent serious diseases, they are held to very high safety standards.
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Camden County COVID-19 Health Hub
The Camden County Board of Commissioners along with Cooper University Health Care and Rutgers-Camden School of Nursing has launched the Camden County COVID-19 Health Hub, located at Camden County College, providing a one stop shop for COVID-19 vaccines, boosters, and third doses and COVID testing all inside one site. Additionally, test kits are for pick up only and will not be performed on site.
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What You Need to Know About XBB. 1.5- the Latest Omicron Variant
It has been almost three years after COVID-19 first appeared and we are still navigating new variants. The World Health Organization has called this latest variant, XBB.1.5, “the most transmissible so far.”
XBB.1.5 is causing an uptick of COVID-19 cases in the United States. This variant contains more mutations to evade immunity than any other variant we have experienced. The XBB.1.5 variant has a mutation that is believed to help the virus better bind to cells, thus making it more transmissible.
Symptoms of the XBB 1.5 variant remains the same as those that we have seen in the past: fever, chills, sore throat, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath and fatigue.
To prevent the XBB 1.5 variant from continuing to spread so rapidly, continue to mask in public areas, stay 6-feet apart, stay home when sick, and follow quarantine guidance when appropriate.
The period of infection for XBB 1.5 is like the other variants we have seen. You are contagious 1-2 days before your symptoms begin, and you remain contagious for at least 2-3 days after your symptoms begin.
An individual who has been infected with a previous variant is likely susceptible to reinfection with XBB 1.5. This variant is more immune-evasive, and a person’s immune response naturally decreases over time following infection.
What you can do:
If you have not yet received your bivalent booster, it is highly recommended. There is not yet a plan for an updated bivalent booster; however, the current bivalent booster still does the primary thing we want a vaccine to do: help prevent individuals from being hospitalized or dying.
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Infants 6 Months and Older Are Now Eligible for the COVID-19 Bivalent Booster
The bivalent booster vaccine provides protection against the original COVID-19 virus and the new, more contagious Omicron variants. Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 bivalent boosters are available to infants 6 months and older. (Please note, the Camden County College will only be administering Pfizer to this age group).
The Pfizer bivalent vaccine is recommended for individuals 6 months to 4 years of age as the third dose to complete the primary series, at least two months since their last shot. A booster dose is not authorized for children in this age group who already completed the Pfizer 3-dose primary series. The Pfizer bivalent booster is also available to individuals 5 years of age or older, regardless of which vaccine was taken for their primary series or booster as long as it has been at least two months since they have completed their primary vaccination series or since they have received the most recent COVID-19 booster dose.
The Moderna bivalent vaccine is recommended for individuals 6 months to 5 years if they received the Moderna vaccine as their primary series and it has been at least two months since their last dose. The Moderna bivalent booster is also available to individuals 6 years of age or older, regardless of which vaccine was taken for their primary series or booster as long as it has been at least two months since they have completed their primary vaccination series or since they have received the most recent COVID-19 booster dose.
What is a bivalent vaccine?
- Bivalent vaccines are vaccines that stimulate an immune response against more than one antigen. This can mean two different viruses, or two variations of one virus.
- The bivalent vaccines, which we will also refer to as “updated boosters,” contain two messenger RNA (mRNA) components of SARS-CoV-2 virus, one of the original strains 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.
- Updated COVID-19 boosters add Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spike protein components to the current vaccine composition, helping to restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination by targeting variants that are more transmissible and immune-evading.
What is a monovalent vaccine?
- The COVID-19 vaccines and boosters which targeted the original type of COVID-19 discovered in late 2019, are considered “monovalent” vaccines.
Moderna bivalent vaccine
- Moderna’s bivalent vaccine is designed to target newer Omicron subvariantsof BA.4 and BA.5 alongside the original strain of COVID.
- The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent, is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 18 years of age and older.
Pfizer bivalent vaccine
- Pfizer’s bivalent vaccine targets both the original type of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. Specifically, it targets the spike protein associated with the BA.1 subvariant of Omicron.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent, is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 12 years of age and older.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Pregnant and Recently Pregnant People
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 6 months and older. This includes people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. CDC also recommends COVID-19 vaccines for infants 6 months and older who’s mother was vaccinated or had a COVID infection before or while pregnant.
For more information click here: COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding (cdc.gov)
Important note: Monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are NO LONGER authorized for use as boosters in people ages 12 years and older.
- According to the FDA, monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are no longer authorized as booster doses for people ages 12 and older, meaning monovalent booster doses can no longer be given to people ages 12 years and older, even if the person had not previously received a monovalent booster. People 12 and older must complete their primary vaccine series prior to being eligible to receive the bivalent booster.
For more information and fact sheets visit: www.fda.gov.
COVID-19 hotline: (856) 549-0530
Vaccinating the Homebound:
New Jersey has launched a new process to help individuals who are homebound to obtain COVID-19 vaccination. Homebound individuals or their caregivers can now go tohttps://covid19.nj.gov/
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Lost Your Vaccination Card?
You can access your official immunization record in your MyCooper Account.
Log in to MyCooper, go to the Health tab, choose “Immunizations,” and click on the small printer icon in the upper right corner to access printer-friendly documentation of your official Covid-19 vaccination record.
If you are unable to access your MyCooper account call the Covid-19 hotline at (856) 549-0530 for assistance.
Docket is an app from the NJ Department of Health that makes it easier for you and your family to securely access your COVID-19 vaccination record.
If you don’t have your vaccination card with you or lost it, you can easily access your record through the app to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as needed.