COVID-19 Boosters for Ages 12+ on Hold

With updated, “bivalent” COVID-19 boosters on the way, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has halted the use of existing boosters in people 12 years and older. Children ages 5-11 are still eligible to receive them.

Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) staff anticipates the bivalent boosters will arrive locally no sooner than the week of September 12.

Until that time, SCHD’s mobile vaccine clinics and its W. Central clinic will offer only first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine to ages 12 and over. SCHD is contacting its W. Central clinic clients who have vaccine appointments to reschedule. 

On Thursday, August 31, the FDA provided emergency use authorization for the updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer/BioNTech for people over age 12 and Moderna for people over age 18. Approvals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) are expected in the coming days.

The updated vaccines are called “bivalent” because they target both the original coronavirus and Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. Recent KDHE data show the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants currently cause almost all new COVID-19 infections in Kansas.

Visit www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19 for updates on the local availability of the reformulated boosters.

For a list of upcoming SCHD mobile vaccine clinics, click here.