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Coronavirus central: FDA formally recommends modified vaccine boosters targeted at omicron subvariants

Updated vaccines would be used as boosters this fall, winter in anticipation of future surges

Latest updates:

FDA FORMALLY RECOMMENDS MODIFIED BOOSTERS TARGETED AT OMICRON SUBVARIANTS: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its formal recommendation Thursday, June 30, to update the available COVID-19 vaccines to protect against strains of the omicron variant. Read more below.

NEW VACCINATION SITE OPENS IN MOUNTAIN VIEW: On Tuesday, Santa Clara County opened a new vaccination site in Mountain View, where adults who have completed at least their first two doses can receive booster shots and anyone 6 months or older can begin their vaccination series. Read more below.

YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE QUESTIONS — ANSWERED: We've compiled a list of who can currently get vaccinated in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, plus answers to common questions and links to resources. Read the full Q&A.

COVID-19 TESTS AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT: Santa Clara County is operating appointment-only COVID-19 test sites on a rotating basis. View the full list.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its formal recommendation on Thursday, June 30, to update the available COVID-19 vaccines to protect against strains of the omicron variant.

FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Director Dr. Peter Marks said in a statement that the updated vaccines would be used as boosters this fall and winter in anticipation of future surges driven by the highly contagious variant and its subvariants.

The current composition of the available vaccines would remain unchanged for an initial vaccine series, Marks said, because the available vaccines still provide a broad amount of protection from the virus' worst outcomes.

According to a study published in April in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, COVID-19 vaccinations prevented an estimated 1.5 million cases, 72,000 hospitalizations and 19,000 deaths in California alone through mid-October 2021.

"As we move into the fall and winter, it is critical that we have safe and effective vaccine boosters that can provide protection against circulating and emerging variants to prevent the most severe consequences of COVID-19," Marks said.

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Marks noted that studies of vaccine effectiveness have found that protection begins to wane after a few months, necessitating the initial need for booster doses and the potential for variant-specific versions.

The available COVID-19 vaccines are currently fully approved or approved for emergency use for everyone aged 6 months or older.

Booster vaccine doses are also encouraged for everyone 5 years old or older, provided a vaccine recipient completed their initial vaccine series at least five months ago.

According to Marks, vaccine manufacturers have already submitted clinical trial data to the agency for a booster vaccine formulated against the BA.1 omicron variant. The agency has asked manufacturers to also conduct clinical trials and submit data for the effectiveness of a vaccine formulated to combat the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants.

"In keeping with our commitment to transparency, the FDA will communicate future plans pertaining to the potential authorization or approval of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses with an omicron component," Marks said.

Santa Clara County opens new vaccination clinic in Mountain View

On Tuesday, Santa Clara County opened a new vaccination site in Mountain View, where adults who have completed at least their first two doses can receive booster shots and anyone 6 months or older can begin their vaccination series.

Vaccinations at the new site, located at 435 San Antonio Road, are by appointment only and open to everyone, regardless of immigration status and/or insurance status. Appointments are available Tuesdays-Fridays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. To book an appointment online, visit vax.sccgov.org.

Parents or guardians are requested to book an appointment for those under the age of 18. If the parent or guardian can not be present for the vaccination, a consent form is required for the appointment.

The clinic's opening comes a month after the Mountain View Community Center site shut down.

"With vaccination opportunities opening for more folks of all ages, North County needs a conveniently located place for people to go," county Supervisor Joe Simitian said. "Convenience is key. Big thanks to the Los Altos School District for providing the site, and helping to make it as easy as it can be to get a vaccine in North County."

For coverage by subject — how the virus is affecting public health, residents, schools, cities, businesses, nonprofits, arts groups, etc. — please go to our Wakelet page.

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Coronavirus central: FDA formally recommends modified vaccine boosters targeted at omicron subvariants

Updated vaccines would be used as boosters this fall, winter in anticipation of future surges

by Embarcadero Media staff / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, May 28, 2020, 11:23 am
Updated: Fri, Jul 1, 2022, 5:00 pm

Latest updates:

FDA FORMALLY RECOMMENDS MODIFIED BOOSTERS TARGETED AT OMICRON SUBVARIANTS: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its formal recommendation Thursday, June 30, to update the available COVID-19 vaccines to protect against strains of the omicron variant. Read more below.

NEW VACCINATION SITE OPENS IN MOUNTAIN VIEW: On Tuesday, Santa Clara County opened a new vaccination site in Mountain View, where adults who have completed at least their first two doses can receive booster shots and anyone 6 months or older can begin their vaccination series. Read more below.

YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE QUESTIONS — ANSWERED: We've compiled a list of who can currently get vaccinated in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, plus answers to common questions and links to resources. Read the full Q&A.

COVID-19 TESTS AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT: Santa Clara County is operating appointment-only COVID-19 test sites on a rotating basis. View the full list.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its formal recommendation on Thursday, June 30, to update the available COVID-19 vaccines to protect against strains of the omicron variant.

FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Director Dr. Peter Marks said in a statement that the updated vaccines would be used as boosters this fall and winter in anticipation of future surges driven by the highly contagious variant and its subvariants.

The current composition of the available vaccines would remain unchanged for an initial vaccine series, Marks said, because the available vaccines still provide a broad amount of protection from the virus' worst outcomes.

According to a study published in April in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, COVID-19 vaccinations prevented an estimated 1.5 million cases, 72,000 hospitalizations and 19,000 deaths in California alone through mid-October 2021.

"As we move into the fall and winter, it is critical that we have safe and effective vaccine boosters that can provide protection against circulating and emerging variants to prevent the most severe consequences of COVID-19," Marks said.

Marks noted that studies of vaccine effectiveness have found that protection begins to wane after a few months, necessitating the initial need for booster doses and the potential for variant-specific versions.

The available COVID-19 vaccines are currently fully approved or approved for emergency use for everyone aged 6 months or older.

Booster vaccine doses are also encouraged for everyone 5 years old or older, provided a vaccine recipient completed their initial vaccine series at least five months ago.

According to Marks, vaccine manufacturers have already submitted clinical trial data to the agency for a booster vaccine formulated against the BA.1 omicron variant. The agency has asked manufacturers to also conduct clinical trials and submit data for the effectiveness of a vaccine formulated to combat the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants.

"In keeping with our commitment to transparency, the FDA will communicate future plans pertaining to the potential authorization or approval of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses with an omicron component," Marks said.

On Tuesday, Santa Clara County opened a new vaccination site in Mountain View, where adults who have completed at least their first two doses can receive booster shots and anyone 6 months or older can begin their vaccination series.

Vaccinations at the new site, located at 435 San Antonio Road, are by appointment only and open to everyone, regardless of immigration status and/or insurance status. Appointments are available Tuesdays-Fridays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. To book an appointment online, visit vax.sccgov.org.

Parents or guardians are requested to book an appointment for those under the age of 18. If the parent or guardian can not be present for the vaccination, a consent form is required for the appointment.

The clinic's opening comes a month after the Mountain View Community Center site shut down.

"With vaccination opportunities opening for more folks of all ages, North County needs a conveniently located place for people to go," county Supervisor Joe Simitian said. "Convenience is key. Big thanks to the Los Altos School District for providing the site, and helping to make it as easy as it can be to get a vaccine in North County."

For coverage by subject — how the virus is affecting public health, residents, schools, cities, businesses, nonprofits, arts groups, etc. — please go to our Wakelet page.

View an archive of previous updates here.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

Comments

Whatever
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 28, 2020 at 7:52 pm
Whatever, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 28, 2020 at 7:52 pm

The higher Hispanic covid rate in SM County. Is there a breakout in the MP figures for Bel Haven residents? When populations have to segregate in certain areas to afford housing etc, it almost always has resulted in more crowded living. This has been going on for centuries. Also one would suspect covid numbers are low for the group since a larger % of the population is unable to afford or obtain health care. And a greater % needs to keep working to support family because many of the jobs don't have the work at home option or even sick leave, so there is greater chance of infection from work.
Also now that construction has started up again will the figures increase?
Does the State or county have programs in place to address this covid inequality issue?

By the way editor how about a new topic choice: Covid- 19.


Menlo Voter.
Menlo Park: other
on May 29, 2020 at 8:41 am
Menlo Voter., Menlo Park: other
on May 29, 2020 at 8:41 am

I can't say I'm surprised. I drive through the North Fair Oaks area fairly regularly and I routinely see street vendors with no face mask, no gloves and not practicing social distancing. And their clientele aren't either. I often wondered driving by these scenes if we would see higher rates of infection in that community. Now we know.


Bay Area Residents
another community
on Jul 8, 2020 at 12:28 pm
Bay Area Residents, another community
on Jul 8, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Protestors. I can't believe not a single word blames the protestors. So quick to blame the people doing their best to live a normal life and quick to throw stone at business owners.

Stop the protesting then it stops the spread. It got worse the very moment people protested.


Menlo Voter.
Menlo Park: other
on Jul 8, 2020 at 2:16 pm
Menlo Voter., Menlo Park: other
on Jul 8, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Bay Area REsidents:

perhaps no one is blaming protesters because they're not to blame.

"Research Determines Protests Did Not Cause Spike In Coronavirus Cases"

Web Link

But don't let facts get in the way of your opinion.


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