SMITHFIELD – The Johnston County Public Health Department began offering Moderna bivalent booster vaccines Thursday, September 8 at the clinic on 517 N. Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield.
Vaccines will be distributed on a walk-in basis and are free regardless of health insurance or immigration status. Vaccinations are available Monday- Friday from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
The Health Department received their first shipment of Pfizer bivalent booster vaccines earlier this week and will also offer that brand to individuals seeking an updated booster.
The Moderna and Pfizer bivalent boosters are approved for those 12 and older and may be received two month after completing a primary vaccine series or any booster dose. An individual may take any brand of booster available to their age group regardless of the brand of booster they have received in the past.
The bivalent boosters are formulated to better protect against the most recently circulating COVID-19 variant. They can help restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination and were designed to provide broader protection against new variants.
More information is available at www.JohnstonNC.com/COVID19 or by contacting the Health Department at 919-989-5200.