Updated COVID-19 booster restores immunity and protects against Omicron variants
Free COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccines available at upcoming community events
With support from the American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, community organizations are offering free COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccines at four local upcoming events. The American Heart Association is also proud to collaborate with Giant Food for vaccine awareness and education for these events.
COVID-19 immunity doesn’t last forever; the updated vaccine is necessary to restore protection. The new bivalent booster helps prevent serious illness from the Omicron variants and the original COVID-19 strain. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death.
Eligible individuals include anyone 12 and older who received their last COVID-19 booster prior to September 2022 and prior to October for young children. The bivalent vaccine should be a priority for anyone with a chronic health condition, who is over the age of 18 or anyone who is pregnant.
Event registration is not required and walk-ins are welcome. Produce and other giveaways will be available as supplies last.
Sunday, May 21 (12 PM – 4 PM)
Langley Park Day
Langley Park Community Center 1500 Merrimac Dr, Adelphi, MD 20783
Wednesday, May 24 (8:30 AM – 11 AM)
Senior Day at the YMCA Bethesda Chevy Chase
9401 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20815
For additional information, email, [email protected].
Additional Covid Vaccine Info
Vaccine locations can also be found at www.vaccines.gov. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is encouraged to call to their doctor to ask if they are eligible to get Paxlovid. Paxlovid is an anti-viral medication that can stop the virus from multiplying in the body so patients will have fewer symptoms for a shorter time. However, Paxlovid is most effective in the first few days. The treatment is widely available but requires a doctor’s prescription.