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Updated COVID-19 vaccine information

The FDA and CDC have approved updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna that are available now. Unlike last fall’s bivalent shots, these are monovalent and specifically protect against the XBB.1.5 variant, an offshoot of the earlier Omicron variant. These updated vaccines shield against the current circulating EG.5 and BA.2.86 variants.

Things to know about the updated COVID-19 vaccine

Who’s eligible: The new vaccines are recommended for everyone aged six months and up.

Dosage information: Everyone five years and older is eligible for a single dose of Moderna or Pfizer, regardless of past vaccination status. Children six months to four years who received previous COVID-19 vaccinations before Sept. 12, 2023 are eligible for one or two doses depending on the number of doses previously received. Children six months to four years who were not previously vaccinated are eligible for two (Moderna) or three (Pfizer) doses.

Where to obtain the updated vaccine: All of the university’s health plans cover CDC-recommended vaccines administered by an employee’s primary care physician or at a local pharmacy. The new vaccine doses are also available at many retail pharmacies, such as Walgreens and CVS. Find additional locations near you by visiting MyTurn, the California Department of Public Health website, or Washington D.C.’s Get Vaccinated website.

Cost: For most people with either private or public health insurance, the vaccine should be free, provided you receive it from an in-network provider.

Combining with the flu shot: You can safely get both the updated COVID-19 vaccine and your flu shot at the same time.

Consult with your health care provider: This information is provided for general informational purposes only. Always consult with your health care provider for any questions you may have regarding vaccines or any medical conditions.

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