Omicron-specific COVID boosters will be available in WA soon; here’s what you should know

According to the state Department of Health, the first shipment of booster injections against the omicron version

the coronavirus is being sent to Washington state and should be accessible in the next week.

The agency stated in a press release on Saturday that the initial allocation is 191,000 doses, with following batches anticipated to be released weekly.

Officials advised patience because the first demand is expected to exceed the supply.

The modified boosters were approved Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vaccines, which were created by Pfizer and Moderna, were modified to be bivalent,

which means that they offer defence against both the new coronavirus's original strain and the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron versions that are now in charge of practically all illnesses.

In a statement, DOH Chief Science Officer Dr. Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett remarked, "We're delighted that this new bivalent booster

will assist strengthen protection against omicron variants as we approach into the autumn season."

According to the state Department of Health, the first shipment of booster injections against the omicron version

According to the state Department of Health, the first shipment of booster injections against the omicron version