Everyone ages 6 months and older should get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines protect people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying from COVID-19. As with other diseases, people who stay up to date with all the recommended vaccine doses (including boosters) have the best protection against COVID-19. For the most current guidance from the CDC, see Stay Up to Date with your COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters.
Vaccine recommendations are based on your age, which vaccine you receive, and time since last dose. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines – see the COVID-19 vaccine schedules below for details.
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The timing of your 2nd dose of the primary series depends on your individual situation:
Boosters for adults and adolescents ages 12+
Updated (bivalent) boosters have replaced the original (monovalent) boosters for people ages 12 and older.
These boosters have been updated to target the most recent Omicron subvariant (BA.4/BA.5) in addition to the original COVID-19 virus. The BA.4/BA.5 subvariants are more contagious than earlier strains of Omicron. Updated COVID-19 boosters can both help restore protection that has decreased since previous vaccination and provide broader protection against newer variants.
An updated booster is recommended for everyone ages 12 and older at least 2 months after their last COVID-19 vaccine dose (either the final primary series dose or the last booster). This is regardless of how many boosters or which type of vaccine(s) you got in the past.
Boosters for children 5 through 11 years of age.
The Pfizer (monovalent) vaccine is currently authorized as a booster dose for children 5 through 11 years of age who got a primary series of Pfizer vaccine. The booster is recommended at least 5 months after completing the primary series. No booster is currently recommended for children 5 through 11 who completed a Moderna primary series.
When the FDA authorizes an updated (bivalent) booster for this age group, these booster recommendations will change.
Booster doses are not currently recommended for children ages 6 months through 4 years.
The Novavax vaccine is not authorized for use as a booster dose.
Visit the CDC interactive Getting your COVID-19 Booster tool to help determine when/if you (or your child) can get COVID-19 boosters.
In addition to vaccination, there is an injectable medicine called Evusheld that is used before a person is exposed to COVID-19 to help prevent them from getting infected. It can be given to people ages 12 and older who weigh at least 88 lbs. whose immune system is not strong enough to mount a response to the vaccine. For more information, see FDA fact sheet and talk to your doctor to see if this treatment is right for you.
Need help? Call the DPH Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-540-0473 0473 if you need help finding a vaccine, transportation, or in-home vaccination. Open daily 8am to 8:30pm. Information is also available in multiple languages 24/7 by calling 2-1-1.