Oakland County offering COVID-19 booster, flu vaccines

The Oakland County Health Division is offering the new COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine and flu shots for Oakland County residents.

Residents 12 years and older are eligible for the new booster two months following the completion of their COVID-19 vaccine primary series or booster.

The updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters include components of the original virus strain and the omicron variant; this is called a bivalent vaccine. The updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters are designed to give you broad protection against COVID-19, including the omicron variants.

Appointments are recommended and walk-ins accepted at community clinics and the Health Division’s Pontiac office, 1200 North Telegraph Road, Bldg. 34E, and the Southfield office, 27725 Greenfield Road. Visit www.oakgov.com/health/register or contact Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 to make an appointment.

Community vaccination clinics will occur on:

–Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 1-6 p.m. at Older Persons’ Commission, 650 Letica Drive, Rochester.

–Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 2-6 p.m. at Wixom Community Center, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom

–Thursday, Sept. 22 from 1-6 p.m. at Robert Bowens Senior Center, 52 Bagley St., Pontiac

For those eligible, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people 18 years and older get the new single dose Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine, but 12 –17-year-olds get the new single dose Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine.

At this time, the bivalent vaccine is considered only a booster, not a means of primary vaccination. Any adult starting a COVID-19 vaccination schedule will receive the original (monovalent) COVID-19 vaccine for their initial shots.

For individuals unsure about whether to get the bivalent booster or who have questions, consult a health care provider, or call Nurse on Call at 1-800-848-5533.

Flu shots are available for $25, while senior flu shots are $62. Cash, Credit (Visa/Mastercard), Medicare, Medicaid, most Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and Blue Care Network, and additional insurances accepted. Oakland County Health Division participates in the Vaccines for Children Program.

You can find vaccine eligibility and additional COVID-19 information at www.oakgov.com/covid.