Dr. Voccio gives COVID-19, vaccine updates

August 8, 2022–10:25 a.m.


Hospitals are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, accounting for 10% of current hospitalizations.

Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the Northwest Health District, did have some encouraging news about the BA 5 variant.

“It appears as though the vaccine, at least in one medical report, does demonstrate that the boosters are effective against the BA 5.”

Dr. Voccio also says that a new vaccine could be available soon.

“We are hoping that in September, we are going to have a bivalent or a new vaccine that is going to be effective against the original COVID virus, (SARS CoV-2) and the BA 4 and BA 5.”

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