People ages five and older are now eligible for the new omicron-targeting COVID-19 booster

By Regence
October 20, 2022
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Get your flu shot and COVID-19 booster in the same visit with your doctor or pharmacy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized for emergency use the updated COVID-19 boosters for children as young as five years old. The new boosters are designed to expand immune defenses against serious illness resulting from either an omicron variant, or a COVID-19 mutant that is more like the original virus. This means it’s a great time to schedule yourself and your family for vaccinations. including for the flu. The 2022-23 flu season is expected to be severe, and you can get your vaccinations for both COVID-19 and flu when you visit your doctor or pharmacy.

The updated boosters, often referred to as bivalent vaccines, target both the original coronavirus strain as well as omicron variants. New coronavirus variants are gaining traction in the U.S., and as the weather starts to push people indoors, it could cause a new wave of infections. Vaccinations remain the most effective way to prevent severe illness from COVID-19.

People ages five and above are eligible for the updated Pfizer-BioNTech booster, and ages six and above, for the Moderna if at least two months have passed since receiving their last COVID-19 vaccination. Those who have gotten more than one original booster are also recommended to get the updated bivalent version.

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More information about the available COVID-19 vaccines, including booster shots, is available on the CDC website. Visit your state’s health department website or the CDC’s Vaccine Finder site to find out where all eligible people can get a COVID-19 vaccine:

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