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November 22, 2022Advocacy Matters

COVID Booster Shots Available

COVID Booster Shots Available

Disability Matters with Joyce Bender

November 22, 2022

#AdvocacyMatters

COVID Booster Shots Available

COVID-19 is still an infectious virus. As of November 16, 2022, the 7-day average of weekly new cases was 40,102 a day for a total of 280,711 reported cases in the United States. There is growing concern with the holidays and winter approaching that the number of new cases will increase.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are effective at protecting us from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. We are protected best from COVID-19 when we stay up to date with the recommended vaccine schedule, including boosters.

The updated (bivalent) booster is available in addition to other boosters. The new booster, called “bivalent” (pronounced bai-vay-luhnt) protects against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5. Both Pfizer and Moderna have developed the updated bivalent COVID-19 booster.

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Everyone who can get a booster shot, should get a booster shot this fall. A COVID booster will protect you and the ones you love.

To find out more information about the current booster and to schedule your shot, contact the Disability Information and Access Line. DIAL is funded by the Administration for Community Living to be our nation’s primary vaccine access resource.

Individuals can call, test or videophone DIAL at 888-677-1199 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm (Eastern).

We have a link to DIAL for anyone who wants to start an online chat with an information specialist or contact an agent in American Sign Language.

Please visit www.disabilityrightspa.org and click on today’s #AdvocacyMatters segment for all the information, including how to connect with DIAL.

Links

Disability Information and Access Line

https://acl.gov/DIAL

CDC COVID Data Tracker

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_weeklycases_select_00

Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Boosters

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html