The updated COVID-19 booster is designed to offer better protection against the currently circulating COVID-19 variants. Everyone can benefit from staying up to date on their vaccines, but the risk increases as you get older or if you have certain medical conditions or risk factors, such as asthma, obesity or if you are a current or former cigarette smoker, among others.

Also, people who are Black, Hispanic/Latino or American Indian/Alaska Native may be at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness for a variety of reasons.

Many public health experts expect a surge in COVID-19 infections this winter. A recent study found that we could save tens of thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations by increasing the number of people receiving the updated vaccine.

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Why should I get another shot now?

Before you gather with family and friends, you can take an easy step to protect yourself and your loved ones against the currently circulating COVID-19 variants. The updated COVID-19 vaccine helps protect you against the original COVID-19 virus and Omicron variants while also providing additional protection from waning immunity.

Should I get a booster now?

The CDC recommends the updated booster for those who:

  1. Are 5 years or older
  2. Received their primary series or a previous booster dose more than 2 months ago.

In addition, those who have had a recent COVID-19 infection may consider delaying their next dose until 3 months after they first tested positive or started showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Is the vaccine still available to me for free?

YES! COVID-19 Vaccines are still available free of charge, regardless of insurance or immigration status, at local pharmacies, doctors’ offices, hospitals and clinics.

Where can I get the vaccine?

The vaccine is available near you. If you need help finding a location, visit to find vaccines near you and make an appointment.

Also, the FDA has authorized and the CDC has recommended a booster option for those adults who are unable or unwilling to receive an mRNA vaccine. If this is an issue for you, tell your pharmacist or health care provider.

Can I get the updated COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the flu vaccine?

Yes you can, it is safe to get both a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same visit. Learn more.

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