An additional bivalent COVID-19 vaccine for adults 65 years and older and those that are moderately or severely immunocompromised is now available.
- • People 6 years and older who have already received a bivalent Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine do not need any additional COVID-19 vaccines at this time, unless they are 65 years and older or are immunocompromised.
- • Adults 65 years and older who have received a single dose of a bivalent vaccine may receive one additional dose at least four months following their initial bivalent dose.
- • Individuals ages 6 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and have received a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine may receive an additional dose of a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months following a dose of a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine, and additional doses may be administered at the discretion of their health care provider.
- • Monovalent (original) Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are no longer recommended for use in the United States.
- • Everyone ages 6 years and older who are unvaccinated or previously received only monovalent vaccine doses should receive a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of if they previously completed their (monovalent) primary series.
- • At the time of initial vaccination, depending on vaccine product, children ages 6 months–4 years are recommended to receive 2 or 3 bivalent COVID-19 vaccine doses; children age 5 years are recommended to receive 1 or 2 bivalent COVID-19 vaccine doses.
- • Updated formulations for the bivalent COVID-19 vaccines are not expected to be released until Fall 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
Regardless of whether you have health insurance or not, the COVID-19 vaccine will be free for everyone. If you have insurance, we will collect your insurance at the time of booking your appointment.
The most common side effects include pain and swelling on the arm where you got your vaccine. You may also get other side effects including fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. These side effects should go away in a few days.
If you received a COVID-19 vaccine after the date the bivalent vaccine was rolled out for your age group, you received the bivalent vaccine. The dates that FDA and CDC approved the updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine for each age group are:
- • People 12 years and older: September 2, 2022
- • Children 5-11 years old: October 12, 2022
- • Children 6 months-5 years old who received Moderna or children 6 months-4 years old who received Pfizer: December 9, 2022
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