Vaccine bus set to return Nov. 6


The COVID-19 vaccination bus will be returning to the Island on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 9 am to 5 pm, according to Tisbury health agent Maura Valley. Vaccinations are available for individuals over 6 months old, and boosters will be available for eligible individuals over 5 years old. Appointments are required, and can be made at Vaccine Registration (

According to a fact sheet provided with the press release, these are the vaccines that will be available:

  • Moderna, 6 months to 5 years
  • Pfizer, 5 to 11 years, first and second dose
  • Pfizer, 12-plus, first and second dose
  • Pfizer, 5 to 11 years, bivalent booster
  • Pfizer, 12-plus, bivalent booster

Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine/“Updated” Booster: The bivalent COVID-19 vaccines include a component of the original virus strain to provide broad protection against COVID-19, and a component of the omicron variant to provide better protection against COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant. These are called bivalent COVID-19 vaccines because they contain these two components. A bivalent COVID-19 vaccine may also be referred to as “updated” COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.
The FDA authorized bivalent formulations of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for use as a single booster dose at least two months after completing primary or booster vaccination.
According to the CDC, if you recently had COVID-19, you may consider delaying your next vaccine dose by three months from the date your symptoms started — or, if you had no symptoms, when you first received a positive test. Studies have shown that increased time between infection and vaccination may improve your immune response.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 5 years of age and older.
A single booster dose with an updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine provides broad protection against COVID-19, and is expected to provide better protection against COVID-19 caused by the currently circulating omicron variant.
If you are eligible for an updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster, the updated booster dose that you receive does not need to be from the same manufacturer that made the vaccine that you received for your primary vaccination, or previous booster, with a monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.


    • Yeah. And while we’re at it, why are we still wasting resources on smallpox vaccines? And chickenpox, and mumps, and regular flu vaccines?

    • The pandemic may be over but COVID-19 and its variants are still around. You know, like the flu? It’s not still 1918-1919 but flu can still make people very sick and even kill, so shots are made available. Same goes for COVID.

  1. John- your partisan ignorance is showing again . Can you define “pandemic “? There are still cases but not enough to rise to the level of pandemic. Just like measles and polio. Hope you get your kids vaccinated against them.

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