What is a bivalent booster, and why should I get one?
The updated booster targets Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, and the original strain of the COVID-19 virus, in a single shot. It can help provide protection for you, your family and friends.
When can I get a bivalent booster?
The bivalent vaccines have been authorized for use as a single booster dose at least two months after the primary vaccination series. Also, the CDC has said that COVID-19 vaccinations may be co-administered with the flu vaccination.
What are my choices for a bivalent booster?
CDC recommends one updated (bivalent) booster dose:
For everyone aged 5 years and older if it has been at least 2 months since your last dose. For children aged 6 months–4 years who completed the Moderna primary series and if it has been at least 2 months since their last dose. There is no booster recommendation for children aged 6 months–4 years who got the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine primary series.
CDC recommended COVID-19 vaccination schedule
For both non-immunocompromised and moderately to severely immunocompromised patients
Updated as of January 10, 2023. Refer to the CDC website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 vaccine information
1 FOR COVID-19 VACCINE COST: The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available at select CVS Pharmacy® locations and is no cost with most insurance plans or for those uninsured.
2 FOR VACCINE ADMINISTRATION GUIDELINES: All CVS Health certified immunizers are trained in the administration of vaccines and hold an active CPR certification.
3 FOR MINUTECLINIC AVAILABILITY: Vaccine available at select MinuteClinic® locations.
4 FOR PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATES: In select states. Visit MinuteClinic.com for details.
5 FOR FLU AND COVID-19 VACCINE: Flu and COVID vaccines available when a certified immunizer is on duty. Age restrictions apply. Available at most CVS Pharmacy® and MinuteClinic® locations. No-cost flu and COVID-19 vaccines with most insurance plans. COVID-19 vaccine is no-cost for those uninsured.
6 FOR SECOND PRIMARY DOSE: An 8-week interval may be optimal for some people age 12 and older, especially for males ages 12 to 39. A shorter interval (3 weeks for Pfizer-BioNTech; 4 weeks for Moderna) between the first and second doses remains the recommended interval for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised; adults age 65 and older; and others who need rapid protection due to increased concern about community transmission or risk of severe disease.
7 FOR BOOSTER DOSE: Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna bivalent boosters are preferred vaccines for a booster dose.
8 FOR JOHNSON & JOHNSON (JANSSEN): The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine is not available at CVS Pharmacy® or MinuteClinic®.
9 FOR ADDITIONAL DOSE: Only Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should be used.
10 FOR NO-COST TESTING: No cost with most insurance; please check with your insurer for details. Patients without insurance can receive no-cost testing at many CVS Pharmacy® locations through the federal government’s Increasing Community Access to Testing Program.