Despite the US Public Health Emergency ending in May of 2023, COVID-19 variants continue to emerge and infect the public. Vaccines/boosters still play a pivotal role in maintaining the overall health of you and your loved ones. COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at protecting you from getting sick, even if you have had COVID-19.
Booster shots are routinely being updated as new variants emerge. Similarly to an annually updated Flu shot, COVID-19 booster shots are available at your local pharmacy and are free of cost when given by a Network Provider or Network Pharmacist.
Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. Fully vaccinated means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
According to the CDC, you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have followed the current recommendations listed below. The recommendations will be different depending on your age, your health status and when you received your first vaccine.
Everyone ages 5 years and older are recommended by the CDC to receive an updated vaccination.
1 dose of the updated Pfizer-BioNTech booster
1 dose of the updated Moderna COVID-19 booster
Children aged 6 months – 11 years need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be up to date, including at least 1 dose of an updated COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations
*The J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine expired as of May 6, 2023.*
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