Chaparral Pharmacy – Remedy’sRx was a healthcare pioneer since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our pharmacy was one of the first pharmacies to:
- implement a scheduling system for the first COVID-19 vaccine.
- pilot the administration of the COVID-19 vaccines to the 5-12 years old age group (initially were only vaccines in Alberta Health Services (AHS) locations).
- dispense Paxlovid to eligible COVID-19 patients.
It is our pleasure to announce that we now have in stock the new and improved Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 vaccine.
But what is the main difference between this vaccine and the previous vaccines, including Pfizer, old Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Novavax?
Although there may be differences in the method of operation (AstraZeneca is a viral vector-based vaccine, while Moderna is an mRNA vaccine), the main difference is that the new bivalent vaccine can give the human body sufficient protection to fight two COVID-19 virus strains: the original and the Omicron strains!
All the previous COVID-19 vaccines were developed to give the body immunity against the original strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19).
Of course, the old vaccines were used in a boosting capacity (some people were eligible for one or more booster shots) to “remind” the human body of the original virus, which shares many genes with the subsequent variants. These successive boosters were necessary due to immunity fading after 3 to 6 months of a vaccine or booster shots or a COVID-19 infection.
On the other hand, the Moderna Bivalent vaccine is the FIRST vaccine to enable protection against the original virus strain and the highly contagious Omicron strain. By selecting those two specific strains, the vaccine has the excellent ability to boost immunity against two of the most notable virus strains through the COVID-19 pandemic.
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