Updated COVID-19 booster shots targeting the latest dominant Omicron subvariants are available here and at numerous locations.
“The improved recordings will help protect you in the weeks and months to come,” said Dr. Orange County Health Officer Regina Chinsio-Kwong in a briefing Tuesday. “I want everyone to have a really good Christmas season. But that means protecting yourself against the variants that are circulating.”
The updated shots are known as “bivalent” vaccines because they not only protect against the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 that have dominated the US this summer, but also against the original strain of coronavirus.
Here’s a guide:
How to get a booster
- CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid are among the pharmacies saying they offer the new boosters. Appointments can be made on the respective websites.
- The LA County Department of Health said the updated booster will be available as early as Wednesday at hundreds of locations across the country, including 12 agency-operated, more than 700 mobile vaccination clinics and nearly 250 community, pharmacy and clinic locations.
- LA County residents can look up locations at VaccinateLACounty.com. Residents can also call (833) 540-0473 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. seven days a week.
- Some vaccine vendors’ computer systems have not yet been updated to reflect the availability of the updated Omicron booster. But “we know it’s already here in Orange County. It’s only a matter of time before these electronic systems catch up,” said Chinsio-Kwong. She suggested people contact their pharmacy or doctor to see if the updated booster has arrived.
- Find information on the updated vaccines for Ventura County here. “All booster doses for those 12 and older will be administered with the bivalent booster vaccine,” the county said on its website.
- The California MyTurn website has still not been updated to reflect the availability of the Omicron booster. Officials say the site will be updated soon. Some counties’ websites have also not been updated.
- The vaccine remains free.
LA County has already pre-ordered about 170,000 cans and expects to receive them between Tuesday and Friday.
California “has been allocated over 1 million doses and will have an adequate supply for all beneficiaries,” the state Department of Health said in a recent statement to The Times.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people ages 12 and older get the new booster shots. To be eligible, residents must have completed their primary vaccination course and be at least two months away from their last dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
types of vaccines
The FDA has approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s Omicron booster for people ages 12 and older. Moderna’s is only available to adults over the age of 18.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-07/how-to-get-omicron-boosters-at-cvs-walgreens-rite-aid-and-other-california-locations Where to get the new Omicron booster in Southern California