Where to get your COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine in Michigan

The newly authorized COVID-19 bivalent vaccine booster shots aimed at the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants of the virus as well as the original strain are now widely available in Michigan.

Many pharmacies are now carrying the bivalent boosters made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, which earlier this month were authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Local health departments are offering the updated vaccine, too, which is expected to increase immune response to the virus and provide protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death from the virus.

“For the last two years, this virus has continued evolving while our vaccines have stayed the same,” said Dr. Asish Jha, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator in a news conference earlier this week. “But now we have a vaccine that matches the dominant strain out there.

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Who is eligible for new COVID-19 booster?

“It is reasonable to expect, based on what we know about immunology and science of this virus, that these new vaccines will provide better protection against infection, better protection against transmission, and ongoing and better protection against serious illness,” Jha said.

The Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster is available to anyone ages 12 and older who has already had the primary series of coronavirus vaccines. People can get this booster at least two months after their final dose in the primary series. The Moderna bivalent booster is authorized for use in those 18 and older.