CVS Omicron COVID Vaccine Booster: Schedule an Appointment online

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CVS Omicron COVID Vaccine Booster: Schedule an Appointment online
CVS Omicron COVID Vaccine Booster: Schedule an Appointment online

To better help fight the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for bivalent COVID-19 vaccine for booster doses. This was followed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation for use of the Pfizer bivalent booster vaccine for ages 12 years and older and the Moderna bivalent vaccine for ages 18 years and older.

“This is great news as we go into the fall and winter when we expect cases of COVID-19 to increase,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) chief medical executive. “The bivalent booster will help fight the Omicron subvariants, including BA.4 and 5. COVID-19 vaccines remain our best defense against the virus, and we recommend all Michiganders stay up to date.”

Who is eligible to receive a single bivalent booster dose and when:

  • Individuals 18 years of age and older are eligible for a single booster dose of the bivalent Moderna COVID-19 vaccine if it has been at least two months since they completed primary vaccination or received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Individuals 12 years of age and older are eligible for a single booster dose of the bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine if it has been at least two months since they completed primary vaccination or received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.

Can you get the new COVID booster at the same time as the flu vaccine?

Yes, it’s fine to get the flu vaccine—as well as any other vaccine—and the new booster at the same time, Dr. Murray says.

“Historically, we try to time the flu vaccine for October to maximize immunity when the flu peaks in the winter,” Dr. Roberts says. “But the flu season has been changing in the past few years, which means predictions will be much harder this year.”

Dr. Murray agrees. “Unfortunately for the flu shot, you never know the best time to get vaccinated until after flu season,” he says. “But influenza is circulating now in the community. So, it’s a good idea not to wait too long.”

Appointments are made available at CVS.com and via the CVS Pharmacy app as doses are received. Since initial supply is limited, patients who would like to receive the updated boosters are encouraged to make an appointment using our digital scheduler. Digital scheduling offers patients flexibility and convenience, as well as the ability to schedule multiple patients at once, which makes it easier for families and other groups that want to get vaccinated together.

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