A new COVID-19 vaccine booster has been authorized for everyone 12 and older who received their most recent vaccine dose at least two months ago. This booster is specifically designed to protect you against the omicron subvariants that account for nearly all recent infections in NYC.
The updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters are recommended for everyone 12 and older, even if they have already received a booster dose. They are called “bivalent” booster vaccines because half of the dose is specifically targeting the omicron subvariants that account for nearly all recent infections in NYC. These boosters increase your immunity from your prior doses.
You can get your updated bivalent booster if it has been at least two months since your most recent COVID-19 vaccine dose.
If you recently had COVID-19, you can wait to get a booster until three months after you first felt symptoms, or, if you had no symptoms, three months after your test date. You may want to get a booster sooner than three months after you had COVID-19 if you are at higher risk of severe disease or getting COVID-19 again.
Talk to your provider about when you should get your next vaccine.
The Health Department recommends both the Pfizer bivalent booster — available for people 12 and older — and the Moderna version — available for people 18 and older. You can get either booster — it does not matter whether your previous dose was a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
You can get this updated booster at the same time as other vaccines, so schedule both your booster and your flu shot today.
To find a vaccination site, use the City’s Vaccine Finder. You can search for specific types of vaccines, including boosters and age-specific doses by clicking the link https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/
Vaccines can protect you and your community from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. Vaccines are available at no cost to you and regardless of immigration status.
Vaccination is safer than risking illness and long-term health effects from COVID-19. Even people who have had COVID-19 should get vaccinated.
Watch Kojo’s story about the Covid vaccine here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H_gzUmDmyo