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Three more COVID deaths; booster is here

The number of COVID cases in Pike fell to 12 over the past two weeks, down from 26 and 44 for the previous two week periods, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. 

The number of deaths rose to 80 from 77, probable deaths stayed at 25 and the number of hospitalizations rose from 208 to 212 since the pandemic started. 

The Georgia DPH is now offering the new bivalent COVID-19 booster. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommend the bivalent booster by Pfizer for those 12 and older, and they recommend the bivalent booster by Moderna for adults aged 18 and older.

District 4 Public Health county health departments – including Pike County – are expected to receive the new boosters within the next few weeks.

The bivalent vaccine is only a booster. It is not to be used as the initial two-dose COVID vaccine. The monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines will still be administered for the primary series of vaccine and as a booster for children under the age of 12.

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