Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step to help prevent getting sick from COVID-19.
COVID vaccines are widely available at pharmacies, Oswego County Health Department, and many primary care practices.
Updated Boosters are recommended for:
- Everyone aged 5 years and older as long as it has been at least 2 months since the last dose of either a primary series or monovalent booster.
- 5-year-old children are only eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster
- 6 years and older are eligible for either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech booster regardless of which type you have received in the past.
- Children aged 6 months - 4 years who have completed the Moderna primary series, and it has been at least 2 months since their last dose- are eligible for the Moderna booster only.
There are no booster recommendations at this time for children aged 6 months - 4 years who completed the Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 because research has not yet shown how long you are protected from getting the virus again after recovering. You may receive a booster as soon as you are released from quarantine and your symptoms have resolved after having COVID-19.
You can receive a different type of booster than your primary series as long as you are eligible for that type.
No, the vaccines are working very well at preventing severe disease, hospitalization, and death even against widely circulating variants. It is normal for a vaccine's protection to wane over time and booster doses will help maximize protection, prolong the vaccine's durability, and keep people healthy and safe.
Yes, you may receive a COVID vaccine and any other vaccine at the same time or even on the same day.