Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health has received the 2023 flu and COVID vaccines sooner than expected.
The new flu shots and Pfizer COVID vaccines will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 25, while supplies last.
LDCPH also has RSV shots for people ages 65 and up with a Medicare Part D card, Daniel Smith, a spokesperson for the health department, said via email Sunday.
Call LDCPH at 785-843-3060 to schedule an appointment to get your shots. The clinic is in the Community Health Building at 200 Maine St. Visit ldchealth.org to see clinic hours and find more information.
LDCPH is also planning on coordinating community vaccination events, Smith said. The department will announce details about those events as they become finalized.
The COVID-19 vaccine helps protect against serious consequences of the illness, including hospitalization and death, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It also reduces the chances of developing long COVID, according to the CDC.
The new vaccines are intended to target variants that are currently circulating, according to the FDA.
LDCPH’s latest update on weekly emergency department visits shows that numbers for flu and RSV are low; however, LDCPH cautions that “Just because they’re low now doesn’t mean they’ll stay low!” Visits related to COVID-19 have been increasing in the past few weeks.
Here’s some information from the FDA about who’s eligible to get the new COVID vaccine:
• “Individuals 5 years of age and older regardless of previous vaccination are eligible to receive a single dose of an updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months since the last dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.”
• “Individuals 6 months through 4 years of age who have previously been vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible to receive one or two doses of an updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (timing and number of doses to administer depends on the previous COVID-19 vaccine received).”
• “Unvaccinated individuals 6 months through 4 years of age are eligible to receive three doses of the updated authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or two doses of the updated authorized Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.”
Read more about the FDA’s Sept. 11 approval of the newest vaccines at this link.