SRHD Supports Authorization of Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine for Adults 18+

Kelli Hawkins, SRHD | [email protected] | 509.324.1539, c 509.994.8968

Spokane, Wash. – The Western States Scientific Safety Review Task Force reviewed the federal process and recommended the authorized emergency use of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include the for use in adults 18 years of age and older. The Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) supports their recommendation and will begin offering doses to providers through their vaccine depot as soon as vaccine shipments arrive.

Dr. Francisco Velázquez, Chief Health Officer for SRHD, said: “Novavax offers people a more traditional protein-based COVID-19 vaccine option that they may be more comfortable with. We are excited to have four vaccine options that are excellent for preventing COVID-19, including preventing severe symptoms and outcomes that lead to hospitalization and death.

The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, with adjuvant, is given in a primary series of two doses, three weeks apart. The vaccine contains the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and the Matrix-M adjuvant. Adjuvants are incorporated into some vaccines to enhance the immune response of the vaccinated individual.

Velázquez encourages families to connect with their health care provider to learn more about vaccines and to find out if their health care provider offers the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine if that’s the vaccine you prefer.

Velázquez explained that the more of our population can be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the less virus transmission and hospitalizations we will see, and the safer it is for all members of the community to resume activities. public and the freedom to be around others.

It is prudent to contact your provider or pharmacy before visiting in person, as not all providers offer the vaccine. Vaccine shipments are expected to arrive this week from the Washington State Department of Health.

“Vaccines continue to be effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death, including against the Delta and Omicron variants. We continue to see very effective protection against hospitalizations and severe consequences for those fully vaccinated,” Velázquez said.

Those who are eligible for the initial round of vaccines or a booster are encouraged to use the DOH’s website or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and then press # to be directed to vaccine providers in Spokane County. Language assistance is available. Additionally, the SRHD website provides a map of providers who offer pediatric vaccines.

Healthcare providers are encouraged to register for vaccine administration by completing the COVID-19 Healthcare Provider Information Request Form on the DOH COVID-19 Vaccination Program Enrollment webpage (under COVID-19 Vaccination Program Enrollment).

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