Where to get the new Bivalent COVID Boosters in Towson

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Everyone is tired of Covid news. Thankfully, todays news is different. Towson has seen a decline in Covid cases over the last several weeks, and that should continue with the introduction of a new type of booster to counter the Omicron variant.

Governor Larry Hogan approved new Covid boosters for distribution across Maryland last week. The new booster shots are combination or “bivalent” vaccines, they contain antigens for both the original Covid virus and the new BA.5 (Omicron) variant. These are the first boosters to provide protection tailored specifically for the Omicron variant, which now accounts for nearly 100 percent of U.S. cases. 

Why is this booster different?

Until now, Covid booster shots and vaccines have been monovalent, meaning that they only contain one version of the mRNA sequence for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This new booster contains mRNa sequences for both the original Covid virus from Wuhan, and the omicron variant. This is not the first bivalent vaccine to be widely distributed in the U.S., the HPV vaccine Cervarix, and the popular combination Hepatitis A+B shots are also bivalent vaccines.

Do I qualify to receive the new booster?

All Marylanders ages 12+ are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna bivalent boosters. When you should get it depends on your age and the date of your last COVID vaccine.

  • Marylanders 5-11 may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech monovalent booster dose if it has been at least 5 months since your last dose of a primary vaccine series.
  • Marylanders 5-11 who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a Pfizer-BioNTech monovalent booster dose 3 months after completing their primary series
  • Marylanders 12+ may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster dose if they have completed a primary vaccine series with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine or received the recommended booster at least two months ago.
  • Marylanders 18+ may receive a Moderna updated bivalent booster dose if they have completed a primary vaccine series with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine or received the recommended booster at least two months ago.

Where can I get the Bivalent Covid booster in Towson?

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