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December 9, 2022

Anne Arundel County leaders urge everyone to get flu shots, COVID-19 booster shots

Anne Arundel County leaders urge everyone to get flu shots, COVID-19 booster shots  WBAL TV Baltimore

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Anne Arundel County leaders urge everyone to get flu shots, COVID-19 booster shots

Anne Arundel County health officials are urging residents to get a flu shot and the latest COVID-19 booster shot.|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Get tested | Vaccine Info ||In an effort to lead by example, Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman rolled up his sleeve Thursday at the Parole Health Center in Annapolis and took both shots.”It’s absolutely safe to get both shots at the same time,” Kalyanaraman said. “We want to make it easy for folks. That’s why we’re doing it on the same day. If you want to separate it you can, but you don’t have to.”| RELATED: Should you get the flu shot and COVID-19 booster shot at the same time?Other Anne Arundel County leaders, like County Executive Steuart Pittman and school Superintendent Mark Bedell followed suit, all emphasizing the need for the new COVID-19 shot — even for people who have already been boosted.”This new booster shot has got protection against the omicron variant. We haven’t had that yet. So, just like we’re doing with the flu shot every year, it’s updating for what’s circulating. This new booster shot for COVID is doing the same thing. It’s updating for what’s circulating,” Kalyanaraman said.| RELATED: Should you get a new COVID-19 booster? If so, when?Though COVID-19 and flu numbers currently aren’t a concern, officials said it’s important to be prepared.”(We) can’t lower our guards. Part of it is herd immunity and making sure that as many people that are eligible to get these shots. Get them so we don’t find ourselves in a situation like we were in two years ago,” Bedell said.”It’s not a time to let up on vaccinations, and the vaccinations are better than they’ve ever been,” Pittman said. “I’ve had (COVID-19) and I don’t want to get it again. And, I certainly don’t want to get a serious case of it, and I don’t want to infect other people. So, it just seems like a no-brainer to me, and I just hope other people will get out there and go to the website, get the info and go out and get their shots.”Video below: What’s the difference with the new COVID-19 booster shots?Anne Arundel County residents can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and clinics here.Marylanders can find a vaccine provider and make an appointment at covidvax.maryland.gov or call 1-855-MDGOVAX.

Anne Arundel County health officials are urging residents to get a flu shot and the latest COVID-19 booster shot.

|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Get tested | Vaccine Info ||

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In an effort to lead by example, Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman rolled up his sleeve Thursday at the Parole Health Center in Annapolis and took both shots.

“It’s absolutely safe to get both shots at the same time,” Kalyanaraman said. “We want to make it easy for folks. That’s why we’re doing it on the same day. If you want to separate it you can, but you don’t have to.”

| RELATED: Should you get the flu shot and COVID-19 booster shot at the same time?

Other Anne Arundel County leaders, like County Executive Steuart Pittman and school Superintendent Mark Bedell followed suit, all emphasizing the need for the new COVID-19 shot — even for people who have already been boosted.

“This new booster shot has got protection against the omicron variant. We haven’t had that yet. So, just like we’re doing with the flu shot every year, it’s updating for what’s circulating. This new booster shot for COVID is doing the same thing. It’s updating for what’s circulating,” Kalyanaraman said.

| RELATED: Should you get a new COVID-19 booster? If so, when?

Though COVID-19 and flu numbers currently aren’t a concern, officials said it’s important to be prepared.

“(We) can’t lower our guards. Part of it is herd immunity and making sure that as many people that are eligible to get these shots. Get them so we don’t find ourselves in a situation like we were in two years ago,” Bedell said.

“It’s not a time to let up on vaccinations, and the vaccinations are better than they’ve ever been,” Pittman said. “I’ve had (COVID-19) and I don’t want to get it again. And, I certainly don’t want to get a serious case of it, and I don’t want to infect other people. So, it just seems like a no-brainer to me, and I just hope other people will get out there and go to the website, get the info and go out and get their shots.”

Video below: What’s the difference with the new COVID-19 booster shots?

Anne Arundel County residents can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and clinics here.

Marylanders can find a vaccine provider and make an appointment at covidvax.maryland.gov or call 1-855-MDGOVAX.