The FDA has authorized the updated booster for Moderna for adults 6 years and older and for Pfizer for those 5 years and older. Everyone age 5+ who has had their primary series should get the updated booster at least 2 months following any COVID vaccine or booster dose.
The updated boosters are available for everyone aged 5+:
- Following completion of their primary series, regardless of vaccine product used
- Regardless of the number of booster doses received
- And are the only mRNA booster doses that are available to them. Those 5+ are no longer eligible for the current mRNA boosters based only on the original strain of the virus.
The updated booster increases immunity against the newer Omicron variants, as well as prior strains. As Omicron variants keep emerging, the updated booster dose is an important tool to protect us as it includes the dominant strains now.