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COVID-19 booster targeting new variants approved by CDC for kids 12+

There is an updated COVID-19 booster shot for you and your family! It will help protect you from the most severe symptoms of the original virus, plus provide increased protection against the current omicron variant that is circulating in the community.

On Sept. 1, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorization (EUA) for the following COVID-19 vaccines:

  • Kids ages 12+ can receive the new bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster. They must have completed the initial two dose primary series first, and then they can receive this booster two (or more) months after receiving their last COVID vaccine or booster shot.
  • People ages 18+ can receive the new bivalent Moderna COVID vaccine booster. They can receive this booster two (or more) months after receiving their last COVID vaccine or booster shot.

Read the full news release from the CDC.

Children's Minnesota employee giving the COVID-19 vaccine.

How can I get the new bivalent booster for my child?

Children’s Minnesota is still waiting for our bivalent booster supply and cannot schedule boosters for kids at this moment. We do encourage families to get their eligible children vaccinated with the primary series and any eligible boosters as soon as they can at the vaccination site nearest to them.

Per new guidelines, the Emergency Use Authorization for booster doses of the of the original COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12 and older will be discontinued so that those patients will be eligible for the new bivalent boosters without waiting an additional two months. Children’s Minnesota will therefore stop administering the original booster vaccine.

If you have any questions or concerns about COVID vaccination, we encourage you to talk with your primary care provider.

There are many options available to get vaccinated:

Nick Petersen