COVID-19 Vaccines

Updated (Bivalent) COVID Boosters for Children Ages 5-11

The Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) is making preparations to offer updated COVID boosters for children 5 and older. At this time, the UGPHD is awaiting shipments of vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 and will announce more on the updated boosters for this age group once they become available. 

The CDC now recommends the updated (bivalent) COVID boosters for anyone age 5 and older who completed the primary vaccination series and got their last dose at least 2 months ago. The updated boosters protect both against the original strain of the virus and against Omicron subvariants of the virus, which are more contagious.
 
Search for COVID vaccine and booster locations near you at vaccines.gov.   

 

Facts on Bivalent COVID Boosters

  • The CDC, KDHE, and UG Public Health Department recommend that everyone who is eligible get the updated (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 CDC recommends the updated booster for everyone age 5 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. Please note: the UGPHD is still awaiting shipments of updated boosters for children ages 5 to 11.
  • 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 currently provides updated (bivalent) COVID boosters for eligible individuals ages 12 and older. The UGPHD is preparing to offer updated boosters for children ages 5 to 11 once booster shipments arrive for this age group.

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/neighborhood-clinics  

COVID booster eligibility & recommendations

The updated (bivalent) COVID boosters are recommended for anyone age 5 and older who completed the primary vaccination series and got their last dose at least 2 months ago. Children age 5 can only receive the Pfizer updated booster at this time. People ages 6 and older can receive either the Pfizer or Moderna updated 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.