Bivalent booster for COVID-19 now available to adults in Alberta – CBC

Moderna Spikevax shot offered at pharmacies, medical clinics as of Wednesday

Sep 21, 2022

Albertans can now roll up their sleeves for the COVID-19 bivalent vaccine but pharmacists are not expecting a frenzy for the new booster.

Alberta Health announced last week it would start offering the booster to people 18 and older starting Sept. 21. Health Canada approved Moderna Spikevax at the start of the month.

The shot targets the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — and the more transmissible Omicron BA.1 variant. It also provides a strong immune response to the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.

Yakoot Elhawash, owner and pharmacy manager of Pharmasave Westmount in Edmonton, is expecting a busy opening day — but not the long lineups and crowds that packed his drug store for previous COVID-19 vaccinations.

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