The CDC has updated its guidelines and now allows kids between the ages of 5 and 11 to receive the bivalent booster for COVID-19.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has been updating its guidelines to be sure everyone eligible for the vaccine can get it.
One of the things they recently did was agree to change their vaccine schedules for school aged children.
What is the bivalent booster vaccine for COVID-19 that kids ages 5-11 can now receive?
According to Rochester First, Dr. Colleen Fogarty, with University of Rochester Medical Center, shared what the vaccine is.
The bivalent COVID-19 vaccine is the same as the vaccine that was given by Pfizer and Moderna.
The difference is there is added protection to specifically fight against the two biggest Omicron variants. These are BA.4 and BA.5.
Fogarty explained that the newest variants of COVID-19 are more easily spread and can evade the immune system faster.
This new vaccine formula will provide additional protection to fight the Omicron variants. It will also boost the immunity against COVID currently in the immune system.
Anyone over the age of 5 can now get this booster as long as their last shot was two months prior. You should be able to get your vaccine at your doctor’s office or through your local pharmacy.
Everyone eligible for the vaccine is urged to get it.
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