CVS Omicron COVID Vaccine Booster: Create an appointment schedule

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CVS Omicron COVID Vaccine Booster: Create an appointment schedule
CVS Omicron COVID Vaccine Booster: Create an appointment schedule

Newly formulated Omicron COVID booster shots can help protect children and lower transmission of the coronavirus as the U.S. prepares for a possible spike in cases heading into the fall and winter.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized bivalent COVID-19 booster shots for children ages 5 and above on Oct. 12. The new booster aims to target omicron subvariants, as well as the original strain of the virus.

The updated boosters are formulated to offer continued protection against the original strain, while also offering new protection against the two lineages of the Omicron variant, BA.4 and BA.5, which represent over 70% of currently circulating virus.
CDC now recommend the below updated booster options if it has been at least two months after the primary vaccination series or the previously approved monovalent booster dose:
  • Moderna: Individuals ages 6 through 17 and older
  • Pfizer-BioNTech: Individuals ages 5 through 11 years and older (Previously, the FDA had authorized the updated Pfizer bivalent booster dose in individuals 12 years of age and up)
This updated guidance is effective immediately.
CDC recommend everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination. You are considered up to date if you have completed a primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC. CDC recommends that people:
  • Ages 6 months through 4 years receive all COVID-19 original (monovalent) primary series doses.
  • Ages 5 years and older receive all COVID-19 original (monovalent) primary series doses, plus an updated (bivalent) booster.

More than 11 million Americans ages 12 and older have received the new booster shots so far, according to CDC data.

It’s unclear how strong demand for the new shots will be among parents. Just under 50% of people ages 5 and older received a booster shot with the first generation of vaccines.

What can you do to get a booster appointment? You have several options:

1. Book an appointment through your medical provider
2. Go to your county’s vaccination site
3. Book an appointment through CVS website
4. Book an appointment through your local pharmacies

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