Nebraska Medicine now offering Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

Nebraska Medicine now offering Novavax COVID-19 vaccine
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For the first time in the Omaha metro, the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is available for people 18 and older. Nebraska Medicine is offering the vaccine in two locations, one in Lincoln and the other in Omaha.Pharmacy at Lauritzen Outpatient Center, 4014 Leavenworth St. in OmahaUniversity Health Center at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 550 N. 19th St. in Lincoln we can get vaccinated and knock down barriers and hesitancy – it’s definitely worth it,” said Dr. Mark Rupp, Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization in July . It has shown similar effectiveness as the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, but unlike those that use mRNA technology, the Novavax vaccine uses a more traditional method. “Despite the fact we’ve given 100s of millions of doses of mRNA vaccine, there are still a few people who’re hesitant about that technology,” Rupp said. “For those folks who want to go with a more traditional approach — this is an alternative.”It contains proteins with an adjuvant, according to Dr. Richard Starlin, and that adjuvant stirs up the immune system to have a more profound response. Researchers also didn’t use any fetal cells in the research and development of the Novavax vaccine, something that has prevented some anti-abortion advocates from getting vaccinated. It had a 93% efficacy in its Phase 3 clinical response, but that was before the prevalence of the omicron variant and its subvariants.Rupp also offered hope that it could benefit as a booster for people who’ve already had one of the other three vaccines offered in the US “There’s some data that shows a mix and match of booster dosing does give people a better response,” Rupp said. But he’s quick to point out that data is part of an ongoing study and hasn’t officially been clinically proven yet. According to the Douglas County Health Department, it’s not actively offering the vaccine because it hasn’t seen a demand. The vaccination rate in Douglas County is 66.9% of the overall population. So far in August, the county is averaging 428 daily COVID-19 vaccine doses.

For the first time in the Omaha metro, the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is available for people 18 and older. Nebraska Medicine is offering the vaccine in two locations, one in Lincoln and the other in Omaha.

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  • Pharmacy at Lauritzen Outpatient Center, 4014 Leavenworth St. in Omaha
  • University Health Center at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 550 N. 19th St. in Lincoln

“Everyone we can get vaccinated and knock down barriers and hesitancy – it’s definitely worth it,” said Dr. Mark Rupp, Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization in July.

It has shown similar effectiveness as the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, but unlike those that use mRNA technology, the Novavax vaccine uses a more traditional method.

“Despite the fact we’ve given 100s of millions of doses of mRNA vaccine, there are still a few people who’re hesitant about that technology,” Rupp said. “For those folks who want to go with a more traditional approach — this is an alternative.”

It contains proteins with an adjuvant, according to Dr. Richard Starlin, and that adjuvant stirs up the immune system to have a more profound response. Researchers also didn’t use any fetal cells in the research and development of the Novavax vaccine, something that has prevented some anti-abortion advocates from getting vaccinated.

It had a 93% efficacy in its Phase 3 clinical response, but that was before the prevalence of the omicron variant and its subvariants.

Rupp also offered hope that it could benefit as a booster for people who’ve already had one of the other three vaccines offered in the US

“There’s some data that shows a mix and match of booster dosing does give people a better response,” Rupp said.

But he’s quick to point out that data is part of an ongoing study and hasn’t officially been clinically proven yet.

According to the Douglas County Health Department, it’s not actively offering the vaccine because it hasn’t seen a demand.

The vaccination rate in Douglas County is 66.9% of the overall population. So far in August, the county is averaging 428 daily COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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