COVID-19 Vaccine Bivalent Update
Posted Nov. 1, 2022
Johns Hopkins Medicine has the bivalent COVID-19 booster.
As of October 12, the new COVID-19 booster recommendations for people ages 5 years and older is to receive 1 bivalent mRNA booster after completion of a monovalent primary series or previously received monovalent booster dose(s); these recommendations replace all prior booster recommendations for this age group.
- Recommendations for use of a bivalent Moderna booster dose in people ages 6–17 years
- Recommendations for use of a bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech booster dose in people ages 5–11 years
The CDC recommends a bivalent (containing components of both the original strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the omicron variant of the virus) COVID-19 booster for people ages 5 years and older. The bivalent vaccines, which offer better protection against COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant than the earlier, monovalent vaccines, have been authorized for use as a single booster dose administered at least two months after primary or booster vaccination. The monovalent COVID-19 vaccines will no longer be available for booster doses in patients over the age of 5. However, the monovalent vaccines will remain available for the primary vaccine series in all patients and for booster doses in patients younger than 5 years old.
Visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine and booster page for more details.
Ways to Get Your Vaccine or Booster
Face masks are required to enter any of our care facilities and expected to be worn at all times, even if you are fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. We will provide a mask if needed.
Neck gaiters, bandanas, masks with exhalation valves, or clear shield-like face masks are not permitted to be worn as face coverings at Johns Hopkins Medicine facilities.
State and Local Vaccine Resources
- COVID Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know
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- Breakthrough Infections: Coronavirus After Vaccination
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- The COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
- COVID-19 Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact
- COVID-19 Vaccines and People of Color
- COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: 12 Things You Need to Know
- COVID-19 Vaccine: Can It Affect Your Mammogram Results?