Bivalent booster leads to big jump in COVID vaccinations in Pierce County

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced Thursday that the county has seen a big jump in the number of residents receiving COVID-19 vaccine doses in the last two weeks.

The department said it has administered 15,300 doses in the last two weeks, with 1,200 of those being first doses. On average, 1,100 residents have received a dose each day.

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The department says the jump in vaccination numbers is due in part to the availability of new bivalent COVID boosters, which started arriving in the state earlier this month.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the bivalent COVID vaccine includes

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