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The Fall updated (bivalent) boosters are recommended for everyone ages 5 and older if it has been at least 2 months after the last COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Everyone ages 6 months and older should get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines protect people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying from COVID-19. As with other diseases, people who stay up to date with all the recommended vaccine doses (including boosters) have the best protection against COVID-19. For the most current guidance from the CDC, see Stay Up to Date with your COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters.
Vaccine recommendations are based on your age, which vaccine you first received, and time since last dose. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines – see the COVID-19 vaccine schedules below for details.
View or download the full 5-page schedule in PDF format Updated 10/20/22 to include the updated (bivalent) booster dose for children age 5+ and the use of Novavax vaccine as a booster in adults in limited situations: English | Español | 简体中文 | 繁體中文 | العربية | հայերեն | អក្សរខ្មែរ | 日本語 | 한국어 | Русский | Tiếng Việt | فارسى | Tagalog
The timing of your 2nd dose of the primary series depends on your individual situation:
Boosters for people ages 5 and older
The Fall updated (bivalent) boosters are recommended for everyone ages 5 and older.
These Fall boosters have been updated to target the most recent Omicron subvariants (BA.4/BA.5) as well as the original COVID-19 virus. The BA.4/BA.5 subvariants are more contagious than earlier strains of Omicron. The updated boosters can help restore protection against COVID-19 that has decreased over time and provide broader protection against newer variants.
An updated booster is recommended for everyone ages 5 and older. It can be given at least 2 months after the last COVID-19 vaccine dose (either the final primary series dose or the last booster). This is regardless of how many boosters or which type of vaccine(s) were given in the past. Children ages 11 and under get a lower dose of the updated booster than teens and adults.
Booster doses are not currently recommended for children ages 6 months through 4 years.
The original (monovalent) Pfizer and Moderna boosters are no longer available.
Alternative booster option for certain people ages 18 and older
People ages 18 and older may receive a Novavax (monovalent) vaccine as a booster instead of getting the recommended updated Pfizer or Moderna booster if they meet all of the following criteria:
The Novavax booster is given at least 6 months after completing the last dose of the primary series.
Visit the CDC interactive Getting your COVID-19 Booster tool to help determine when/if you (or your child) can get COVID-19 boosters.
In addition to vaccination, there is an injectable medicine called Evusheld that is used before a person is exposed to COVID-19 to help prevent them from getting infected. It can be given to people ages 12 and older who weigh at least 88 lbs. whose immune system is not strong enough to mount a response to the vaccine. For more information, see FDA fact sheet and talk to your doctor to see if this treatment is right for you.
Need help? Call the DPH Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-540-0473 0473 if you need help finding a vaccine, transportation, or in-home vaccination. Open daily 8am to 8:30pm. Information is also available in multiple languages 24/7 by calling 2-1-1.
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