What you need to know about the new COVID-19 vaccine boosters

On Sept. 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended updated COVID boosters of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for ages 12 years and older, and updated boosters of the Moderna vaccine for ages 18 years and older.

“This is the first advancement in the vaccines since we started using them in December of 2020,” said Jodie Guest, an epidemiologist at the Emory University school of public health.

“It is our goal and hope that we are not going to be doing boosters on a regular, every four months kind of basis,” Guest said. “This new bivalent vaccine is our first step into what we hoped might be a once-a-year COVID-19 vaccine that you can get at the same time as your flu vaccine.”

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