St. Louis, Missouri 2021-12-05 23:49:00 –
(KMOV.com)-Demand for COVID vaccine boosters is increasing as vacation trips increase and the first cases of Omicron mutants are reported in St. Louis.
“I would have had a booster anyway, but there was a bit of an urgency to travel to San Diego next week to visit my family,” said Daniel Homeier.
Missouri reported the first case of an omicron coronavirus variant on Friday.
Homeier said there were no out-of-the-box reservations in Walgreens, south of St. Louis. The same is true for others. The earliest appointments available in some Walgreens are 10-14 days ahead. However, if you expand the search range, there are places where there is space. Some Walgreens and CVS offer only certain vaccines. Many do not make carry-on reservations, but you should book online instead.
The availability of Mercy Hospital systems is increasing, but there is growing interest. Last week, they saw a 15-20 percent increase in vaccine reservations. A spokeswoman said it was mostly for boosters, but for people aged 5-11. The St. Louis County Health Department also saw an increase in clinic traffic last week. They see about twice as many people seeking booster shots compared to the first vaccine.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said boosting is an important way to protect against new varieties.
“Once boosted, you can raise the level, and if you actually start to settle in the dominant way in this country, you’re convinced that you have some, and perhaps considerable, protection against omnicon variants. I’m doing it, “he said.
So far, Omicron variants have been detected in about one-third of US states. To find out where the vaccine is available in St. Louis here..
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