September 21, 2022
Kirksville, MO 9/21/22 – The number of cases of COVID-19 reported to the Adair County Health Department over the seven-day period ending September 20 rose sharply to 69 from the 48 cases reported during the previous period.
The highly transmissible Omicron strains continue to drive case numbers upward as students return to schools and as people begin spending more time inside. On Tuesday, September 20, the Adair County Health Department administered the new Pfizer bivalent booster to more than 80 residents who had made an appointment for the drive-through. The bivalent booster provides greater protection than previous vaccines because it is formulated for the unique protein spike of the original strain of COVID-19, plus the Omicron variants.
The Pfizer bivalent is a booster. Those qualified to receive it are those ages 12 and older who have received either the two-dose series of the original Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Beginning October 11, the Adair County Health Department will resume administering the bivalent booster and doses of the initial Pfizer two-dose series to those ages 12 and older by appointment. Anyone age 12 or older who has completed their two-dose series at least two months earlier can make an appointment to receive the Pfizer bivalent booster. If you had a monovalent booster after your initial vaccine series, you must wait two months before getting the bivalent booster. Appointments will be available from 1 through 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays while supplies last. Call the Health Department to schedule one.
The Adair County Health Department continues to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 through 11 on Thursdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m., and to children ages 6 months to 4 years old from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays, also by appointment. The Health Department has limited supplies of these vaccines and will not have them available once supplies are exhausted.
To schedule an appointment for the appropriate dose of vaccine or the bivalent booster, call the Adair County Health Department at 660-665-8491.