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SIPH offers updated COVID-19 vaccine

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) has the added the updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna in limited quantities to its clinic services.

On Monday, the U.S. FDA approved a new formulation of the COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine is different from the boosters that were previously available, as it is formulated against the omicron variant called XBB.1.5. Studies show that the new vaccine will offer good protection against the mix of variants that are currently circulating nationally. The CDC has recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months get this updated vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter.

"We recommend that people consider getting both their flu shot and COVID vaccine at the same time. This has been found to be safe and effective. “We strongly encourage people to get vaccinated,” Clinical Services Director Allison Bischoff said. “Each person who is vaccinated helps the whole population to be more protected.”

To schedule a vaccine appointment, call your local Southeastern Idaho Public Health office. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, click HERE.

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