Omicron-Updated COVID-19 Boosters and $20 Gift Cards at CCPH
Cow Creek Public Health has adjusted its vaccine schedule and will administer doses of the newly updated COVID-19 booster, redesigned to protect against prevalent strains of the virus, to all members of the community five days a week.
As a way for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians to say thank you to the community for getting boosted, everyone who gets their COVID-19 booster will also receive a $20 VISA gift card (see image below this article for more details).
Cow Creek Public Health received the updated booster, known as a bivalent booster that targets the Omicron strain of the COVID-19 virus, following the required federal approvals in early September.
CCPH will administer boosters, as well as primary vaccine series, Monday through Friday at the mobile vaccine drive-thru site in Roseburg, located at 2360 NE Stephens Street. The site is open from 10AM-1PM and 2PM-5PM. The site is open to all members of the public and all Tribal members, with no appointment necessary.
CCPH expects to maintain these current hours and days through the fall, and may add additional weekend dates to accommodate demand. They offer Pfizer and Moderna for adults and children, as well as the newly released Novavax COVID vaccine. Click here to visit the Public Health page and view all available options for vaccines and boosters.
The newly updated boosters, known as bivalent, are made by both Pfizer and Moderna, and use mRNA formulas to target the BA.4 and BA.5 strains of the coronavirus.
It is recommended that every person ages 12 and older receive the updated bivalent booster, as long as they’ve received their initial series of vaccine. If a person received their last dose recently, it’s recommend they wait at least two months before receiving the updated booster. If someone has recently been infected with COVID-19, experts say that person should be fully recovered before receiving the updated booster.
Boosters for children younger than 12 are available, but they are not the updated booster that targets Omicron strains of the virus. Currently, children younger than 5 years old may only receive their initial vaccine series.
To check whether you should receive the updated bivalent booster, the CDC has put together a step-by-step questionnaire as a guide. Click here to visit the CDC website and scroll down to “When Are You Up To Date?”
Many community members haven’t received a shot for almost a year, and are ready to receive the updated booster to protect against COVID-19 in the coming months.
“As we head into the fall, as more of us spend time indoors, the updated booster will be the best way to protect ourselves and those around us from severe illness and hospitalization caused by the dominant BA.5 and BA.4 COVID-19 subvariants,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger of the Oregon Health Authority.
Cow Creek Health and Wellness patients may also receive their COVID vaccine or booster at either the Roseburg or Canyonville clinic on Fridays by making an appointment. Call (541) 672-8533 and press #3 for the Roseburg clinic, or #4 for the Canyonville clinic.
Since the initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in January of 2021, Cow Creek Public Health and Cow Creek Health and Wellness have administered over 7,500 doses to community members.