The Perfect Enemy | Most New Hampshire residents eligible for new COVID-19 booster haven’t received it
December 9, 2022
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New Hampshire health officials say hundreds of thousands of Granite Staters still have not received the updated COVID-19 omicron booster.According to state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan, of the 900,000 Granite Staters age 12 and older who got the two-shot primary COVID-19 vaccine, just 65,000 have received the updated booster that targets the omicron subvariant. That’s less than 10% of those eligible for the booster. “It is concerning that there are hundreds of thousands of people in New Hampshire that are eligible and have not yet gotten one of the updated omicron boosters,” Chan said.With winter coming, health officials are urging people to get both the flu vaccine and the updated omicron booster by the end of October. It’s OK to get both shots at the same time.”By the end of this month, we recommend that people get both an updated influenza shot, as well as one of these update omicron booster shots,” Chan said.Chan said he thinks the flood of shifting information about who should get boosters and when could be confusing people, but he said the new booster is the key to protecting people as community transmission increases this fall and winter. Chan said even those people who got two boosters in addition to the primary two-shot series should get the omicron-specific booster, as well.Chan acknowledged that people might be sick of hearing about COVID-19, but without vaccinations, people risk getting really sick this winter.”A two-dose primary series is no longer effective against COVID-19,” Chan said. “There’s a large number of people in our state who are eligible to receive an updated omicron booster and haven’t.”Not everyone should get the booster right now, Chan said. Anyone who recently had COVID-19 should wait at least two months before getting the new booster, and many experts suggest waiting three months. It’s the same for anyone who recently finished up the primary series of shots or who get an earlier booster: Wait a few months.Chan said approval for the omicron booster for children under 12 is expected in the next few weeks.

New Hampshire health officials say hundreds of thousands of Granite Staters still have not received the updated COVID-19 omicron booster.

According to state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan, of the 900,000 Granite Staters age 12 and older who got the two-shot primary COVID-19 vaccine, just 65,000 have received the updated booster that targets the omicron subvariant.

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That’s less than 10% of those eligible for the booster.

“It is concerning that there are hundreds of thousands of people in New Hampshire that are eligible and have not yet gotten one of the updated omicron boosters,” Chan said.

With winter coming, health officials are urging people to get both the flu vaccine and the updated omicron booster by the end of October. It’s OK to get both shots at the same time.

“By the end of this month, we recommend that people get both an updated influenza shot, as well as one of these update omicron booster shots,” Chan said.

Chan said he thinks the flood of shifting information about who should get boosters and when could be confusing people, but he said the new booster is the key to protecting people as community transmission increases this fall and winter.

Chan said even those people who got two boosters in addition to the primary two-shot series should get the omicron-specific booster, as well.

Chan acknowledged that people might be sick of hearing about COVID-19, but without vaccinations, people risk getting really sick this winter.

“A two-dose primary series is no longer effective against COVID-19,” Chan said. “There’s a large number of people in our state who are eligible to receive an updated omicron booster and haven’t.”

Not everyone should get the booster right now, Chan said. Anyone who recently had COVID-19 should wait at least two months before getting the new booster, and many experts suggest waiting three months. It’s the same for anyone who recently finished up the primary series of shots or who get an earlier booster: Wait a few months.

Chan said approval for the omicron booster for children under 12 is expected in the next few weeks.