New COVID-19 vaccines coming to San Diego this week
Updated COVID vaccines should be available for San Diegans starting this week.
- The new shots are expected to target circulating strains, including the EG.5, or Eris, strain, which the CDC said accounted for 24.5% of cases as of Sept. 16, as well as a newer variant, FL.1.5.1, dubbed Fornax, which accounted for 13.7% of U.S. infections.
- These strains are less deadly than previous ones, but contribute to the continued threat of long COVID.
- CVS and Walgreens also expect to have the updated shots available at all pharmacies as early as today.
Of note: Most people with private insurance and those enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid should be able to get the new shots at no-cost.
- The uninsured or underinsured can get free COVID-19 vaccines through a government assistance program and at local public health centers.
Yes, but: The federal government is no longer fully covering the vaccine, so experts say it could be tougher for people without insurance to get the shots for free, Axios' Maya Goldman and Jason Millman report.
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