When should I get an updated COVID vaccine?

When to get your updated COVID vaccine depends on your age, how many vaccine doses you’ve already gotten, and when you got them:

  • Get your updated COVID vaccine now if you’re vaccinated and your last dose was before September 2022 (October 2022 for kids 6 months – 11 years).
  • Otherwise, wait until 2 months after you complete your primary vaccination series to get your updated vaccine dose. Completing your primary vaccination series means you got your first 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax vaccine, or your 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • If you recently had COVID, you should wait 3 months from when you got sick to get your updated vaccine.

Children 6 months – 4 years who got all 3 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech primary vaccination series don’t need an updated vaccine at this time.

What are the updated vaccines?

The COVID-19 vaccines continue to work very well at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

The updated vaccines now available from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna target the Omicron variant, which is the COVID virus infecting people today. They’re an additional dose for people who’ve completed their primary vaccination series.

Novavax offers a booster dose of its COVID vaccine, but it doesn’t target Omicron. People 18 and older can get the extra Novavax dose if they’ve completed their primary vaccination series.

Who should get an updated COVID vaccine?

All vaccinated people 6 months and older should get an updated vaccine when eligible.

Children 6 months – 4 years who got all 3 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech primary vaccination series don’t need an updated vaccine at this time.

Where can I get vaccinated?

COVID-19 Vaccines Available at our North Whatcom Health Center in at 6060 Portal Way in Ferndale. Call 360-676-6177 for appointments, available Tuesday – Friday. If transportation is an issue, ask our schedulers about options for helping you get to your appointment.

The state’s vaccine locator can also be used by to find another available vaccination appointment locally.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services