Newest COVID Vaccine Delayed for Jackson County Public Health Clinic

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Immunization Practices (ACIP) have jointly approved the new monovalent 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccines for individuals aged 6 months and older.

Officials say this approval marks a milestone in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus, expanding the available vaccination options to include a broader age group. With this authorization, healthcare providers now have the green light to administer the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccines to eligible individuals.

One notable change accompanying this approval is the distribution mechanism for these vaccines. Effective immediately, the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccines will be ordered and delivered through commercial market channels. Previously, COVID-19 vaccine providers relied on the Oregon Health Authority or local COVID-19 vaccine hubs for their supply. This shift aims to streamline the distribution process and make vaccines more accessible.

In addition, insurance coverage for the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine is assured. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates insurers to cover most ACIP-recommended vaccines without imposing any cost-sharing on recipients. This ensures that individuals can receive the vaccine without financial barriers.

However, despite the approval and improved distribution channels, locating and obtaining the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccines may prove challenging initially due to manufacturing delays. To assist in this regard, individuals seeking vaccination are encouraged to reach out to their healthcare providers, local pharmacies, or federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). Alternatively, they can use the online resource, search for clinics by ZIP code, or contact 211 for information on vaccination sites.

It’s worth noting that Jackson County Public Health’s Immunization Clinic is currently facing delays in receiving the new monovalent 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccines. The clinic will inform the public when it receives updated vaccine shipments from the manufacturers. To stay informed about vaccine availability in Jackson County, residents are advised to monitor updates on the Jackson County Health & Human Services website and the Jackson County Public Health Immunization Clinic website.

Source: JCPH

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