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Fayette Health Department readies clinics for new COVID boosters

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The Fayette County Health Department is hosting two clinics open to residents who wish to get the new updated COVID-19 boosters.

Registration for the clinics is now open at the department’s website. The goal is to get as many eligible residents boosted with the new bivalent vaccines as possible.

One big question will be how much demand to anticipate. NPR reports most of the people who have been eligible for the first two boosters never got them. And demand has dropped with each new round of shots. But this is the first booster meant to target the original strain and dominant Omicron subvariants.

Dr. Vince Venditto with the UK College of Pharmacy told reporters this month it could be a first step toward a vaccination process more akin to seasonal flu shots.

"I certainly think that that is a goal here," Venditto said. "That, as new variants come up, that we can very rapidly test the safety of a new variant vaccine."

Eligible residents can get the new Pfizer booster from 9-3 this Thursday at Consolidated Baptist Church on Russell Cave Road. For those seeking the Moderna version, a separate clinic will be held at the same location September 29.

Registration is at lfchd.org/vaccine.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.