Last updated September 19, 2023
Please note: Based on current COVID-19 trends, the nation’s Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 ended on May 11, 2023. This resulted in changes to the cost of COVID-19 treatments, tests and vaccines for some individuals. Please check your individual health insurance coverage to understand how these changes apply to you. Learn more about post-PHE changes.
We are providing COVID-19 primary series vaccines as well as bivalent boosters to all eligible individuals. Boosters are an important part of protecting yourself and your child from getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
Who should get a booster (and when)
The CDC updated its guidance on April 19, 2023. Learn more here.
- An additional bivalent dose for adults ages 65 years and older
- Additional doses for people who are immunocompromised and more flexibility for healthcare providers to administer additional doses to immunocompromised patients as needed
- Withdrawal of monovalent (original) COVID-19 mRNA COVID-19 vaccines from use in the United States
- Everyone aged 6 years and older receive a bivalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of whether they previously completed their (monovalent) primary series
- Individuals aged 6 years and older who have already received an updated mRNA vaccine do not need to take any action unless they are immunocompromised
- For young children, multiple doses continue to be recommended and vary by age, vaccine, and which vaccine brands were previously received
- Alternatives to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines remain available for people who cannot or will not receive an mRNA vaccine. CDC’s recommendations for use of (monovalent) Novavax or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccines were not affected by the changes made today
Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.
People who are moderately or severely immuno-compromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters.
While NorthShore COVID-19 vaccination is currently limited, we urge you to get vaccinated at a community clinic or retailer that is most convenient to you.
Once NorthShore expands vaccine availability, scheduling will be available.
Parents or legal guardians must accompany minors (those 17 and under) and provide written consents for vaccine to be administered.
Please bring your ID, COVID-19 vaccination card, and insurance information at the time of your vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to monitor the latest data. Please visit this webpage and the CDC website for additional updates.