Updated COVID-19 Vaccines (Bivalent Boosters)
🗹 It doesn’t matter which COVID vaccine you got or how many boosters you’ve already gotten.
🗹 Get your updated vaccine 2 months after your last dose.
🗹 Updated COVID vaccines generate 4x higher neutralizing antibodies against the Omicron variant than the original COVID-19 vaccine.
🗹 One month after a booster dose of the updated COVID vaccine, Omicron neutralizing antibodies increased 13.2x in adults 55+ years old and 9.5x in adults 18 to 55 years old, compared to a 2.9x increase in adults older than 55+ years old who received the original booster vaccine.
You are not required to wait, but CDC recommends waiting 3 months after your COVID-19 infection.
People 5 and over who have completed a Pfizer primary vaccine series or received a booster dose at least 2 months ago.
Individuals 6 months and older who have completed a Moderna primary series can receive an updated Moderna booster two months later.
Individuals 6 months - 4 years who have completed a Pfizer primary series can receive an updated Pfizer booster two months later.
The updated COVID-19 vaccine was designed specifically to target Omicron subvariants – the dominant strains currently circulating in the U.S.
The updated vaccine, or bivalent booster, is called "bivalent" because it protects against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5.
Previous vaccines and boosters are called "monovalent" because they were only designed to protect against the original virus that causes COVID-19.
Human trials were completed for an updated bivalent booster (original plus Omicron BA.1/BA.2) earlier this summer. These trials showed improved antibody response and no safety concerns, with the same side-effect profiles as earlier vaccines.
You can receive your updated vaccine (bivalent booster) 2 months after your last COVID-19 vaccine.
Before you get the updated vaccine, you'll need to complete your primary series. After receiving your second dose you can receive the updated vaccine (bivalent booster) at least 2 months after that second shot.
SCHD recommends bringing your CDC vaccination card with you when receiving your updated vaccine (bivalent booster).
Children 6 months and older who have completed a Moderna primary series can receive an updated Moderna booster two months later.
Children 6 months - 4 years who have completed a three-dose Pfizer primary series can receive an updated Pfizer booster two months later.
COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone at no cost, including the updated vaccine (bivalent booster).