New COVID vaccine and booster updates for children

By Lauren Wagner, Associate Director of Research, Data & Evaluation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends everyone ages 6 MONTHS and older get vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent serious illness.

Additionally, for added protection, everyone 5 YEARS and older should get a COVID-19 booster, if eligible. Most people are now eligible for the new “two-strain” (bivalent) booster dose.

According to the CDC, the updated boosters are called “bivalent” because they protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5. The virus that causes COVID-19 has changed over time. The different versions of the virus that have developed over time are called variants.

Please see our new articles in the Help Center for further information:
How can I get the COVID-19 vaccination?
When and where can my child get vaccinated against COVID-19? Are they eligible for a booster?

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