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Summit County hosting drive-thru for new COVID-19 booster vaccine Wednesday and Thursday

Summit County is hosting a drive-thru to distribute the new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday and Thursday.

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a previous story.

One week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an updated COVID-19 vaccine, Summit County Public Health will be hosting a two-day drive-thru clinic to distribute the bivalent booster.

The clinic -- which will offer both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines -- will be hosted at 1867 W. Market St. Akron, Ohio 43313 and take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on both Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 8. Appointments are required and can be made here for Wednesday and here for Thursday.

In accordance with CDC guidance, SCPH will be offering the bivalent booster to individuals two or more months removed from receiving any approved monovalent booster or two or more months removed from receiving any primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations. The Moderna vaccine is available to individuals 18 years old or older, while the Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals 12 years old or older.

SCPH says that it encourages both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents to "continue to engage in safe and effective behaviors to reduce the spread of COVID-19," including:

  • Stay home if you’re sick, even with mild symptoms
  • Be mindful in your interactions with others. Limit your chances of exposure by maintaining social distancing of at least six feet from non-household members
  • Wear a mask in public
  • Follow good hygiene standards:
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

Masks are required at all SCPH vaccination clinics. Anybody with questions is encouraged to call the COVID-19 Call Line (330) 926-5795, which is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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