Updated COVID-19 booster now available for everyone 5+

October 14, 2022

The updated, more protective booster is now available for everyone ages 5 and up who has completed their initial vaccine series. Even more of our friends and family members can now be protected with this booster, keeping them safer from the worst outcomes of COVID-19.

The bivalent booster was created to strengthen protection against the original coronavirus strain, while also targeting the newer, dominant variants that spread so widely this past summer. The updated booster is an important tool for everyone ages 5 and up for Pfizer (6+ for Moderna), to take if it has been two months after their last vaccine dose, regardless of the type of dose received (primary series, additional doses or booster doses).

It’s here in time for the fall and winter months when we’ve come to expect a rise in COVID-19 cases. Getting boosted now will make the coming holiday gatherings safer for all.

UCSC Student Health Services will post information about vaccine clinics as they are planned. Visit MyTurn.ca.gov or call 833-422-4255 to find a vaccine or booster near you.