COVID-19 Vaccines

*New* Bivalent COVID Boosters

Beginning the week of September 19, 2022, the Unified Government Public Health Department will begin offering the new bivalent COVID boosters for eligible individuals ages 12 and older. Boosters will be offered by appointment only. Call (913) 573-8815 to make an appointment.

Between now and September 19, the UGPHD has placed a temporary pause on providing boosters for people ages 12 and older until the new bivalent boosters are available. Under FDA and CDC recommendations, the new bivalent booster replaces the original (monovalent) booster for people ages 12 and older. The monovalent booster is no longer authorized for booster doses in this age group.

Facts on Bivalent COVID Boosters

  • The CDC, KDHE, and UG Public Health Department recommend that everyone who is eligible get the new bivalent booster to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations to get the best protection against COVID.
  • The new Pfizer and Moderna boosters are “bivalent,” meaning they protect against both the original virus that causes COVID as well as the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants of the virus (the variants responsible for most recent COVID cases). 
  • The bivalent booster is available for people ages 12 and older who have completed the primary vaccination series and received their most recent COVID vaccine or booster at least 2 months ago. 
  • COVID vaccines and boosters are available at the UGPHD by appointment only. Call (913) 573-8815 to make an appointment.
  • Find other COVID vaccine and booster providers at vaccines.gov.

 

Information on COVID Vaccines & Boosters

COVID vaccines and boosters protect against serious illness, hospitalization, or death from COVID. Learn more about COVID vaccines and boosters below. Click here to check to see if you are up to date on your COVID vaccines and boosters.

Basic Information and Guidance

COVID vaccines and boosters protect against serious illness, hospitalization, or death from COVID. Anyone age 6 months and older is eligible to be vaccinated. After receiving the primary series of vaccines, many people are eligible to receive a booster dose to increase immunity that has waned over time and offer additional protection.

The CDC recommends that everyone who is eligible get vaccinated, and that everyone stay up to date with COVID vaccinations and boosters. Check to see if you are up to date on your COVID vaccines and boosters at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

Types of COVID vaccines and boosters offered by the UGPHD

The Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) offers Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines for people ages 5 and older. For families with children ages 6 months to 4 years old, the UGPHD recommends going to your pediatrician or primary healthcare for your child’s COVID vaccinations.

The UGPHD provides boosters for eligible individuals ages 5 and older:

  • Age 5-11: It is currently recommended that children ages 5-11 receive the original (monovalent) booster.
  • Ages 12 and older: It is recommended that people ages 12 and older receive an updated bivalent booster. The UGPHD placed a temporary pause on providing boosters for people ages 12 and older until the new bivalent boosters arrive, in accordance with FDA guidelines. The UGPHD is awaiting the shipment of the new boosters and will begin providing bivalent boosters the week of September 19, 2022. The UGPHD will offer Pfizer bivalent boosters (for ages 12 and older) and Moderna bivalent boosters (for ages 18 and older).

The UGPHD provides COVID vaccines and boosters by appointment only. Call (913) 573-8815 to make an appointment.

How to find additional vaccine locations

To search for a COVID vaccine provider near you, go to vaccines.gov.

Additionally, the Health Equity Task Force and partner agencies offer free events throughout Wyandotte County with COVID testing, COVID vaccines, and other free resources and services. See calendar of upcoming events at: https://www.wycohetf.org/neighborhoodbased-clinic-locations

 

COVID booster eligibility & recommendations

Boosters are recommended for eligible individuals ages 5 and older. The type of booster you can get and when you should get your booster depends on your age.

  • Ages 5-11: Boosters are currently recommended for children ages 5-11 who received the Pfizer vaccine for their primary series (if they received Moderna, boosters are not recommended at this time). It is recommended that children ages 5-11 receive the original (monovalent) booster at least 5 months after the second dose of the primary series.
  • Ages 12-17: It is recommended that people ages 12 and older receive an updated bivalent booster at least 2 months after their 2nd dose or last booster. People ages 12-17 can only receive the Pfizer bivalent booster at this time.
  • Ages 18 and older: It is recommended that people ages 18 and older receive an updated bivalent booster at least 2 months after their 2nd dose or last booster. People ages 18 and older can receive either the Pfizer or the Moderna bivalent booster.

 

Guidance for people with weakened immune systems

People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system) are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death. Additionally, their immune response to COVID-19 vaccination may not be as strong as in people who are not immunocompromised. If you are immunocompromised, you may need to receive more doses of COVID vaccine than someone who is not immunocompromised.

Learn more about COVID vaccines for people who are immunocompromised.