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September 2, 2022

Updated COVID-19 booster dose authorized for people 12 and older

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized updated Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccines that target both the original strain that emerged at the onset of the pandemic, as well as the Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, that are currently dominant globally.

Pfizer’s new booster dose is authorized for people 12 and older, while Moderna’s new booster is authorized for people 18 and older. The doses may be given at least two months since people either completed their initial vaccination series or received their last booster dose.

Eligible residents are encouraged to speak with their health care provider or a nearby pharmacy (CVS, Giant etc.) about receiving an additional booster dose to maximize their protection against severe COVID-19 symptoms. Appointments at Health Department clinics are for eligible County residents and employees. Visit for more information.

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