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Everything You Need to Know About Getting Your COVID-19 Bivalent Boosters & Seasonal Flu Shots Now!

Friday, September 16, 2022 10:29 AM

With fall and winter are around the corner, it’s time to get your flu shot—and for those 12 and older, it may also be time to get your updated COVID-19 booster. Both are available at NorthShore and Swedish facilities, with select locations offering patients the option of getting these vaccinations together. 

Single-dose bivalent (“Omicron”) COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are approved and recommended by the CDC. This updated COVID booster is designed to target the original variant as well as the newer dominant BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, which continue to cause tens of thousands of infections and hundreds of deaths every day in the United States.

Close up - plaster on arm of latin american woman after third vaccination against Covid 19 for protection against omicron variantAt our Evanston, Northbrook and Lake Bluff clinics, schedule for either a flu or COVID-19 vaccination and get the other upon request at the time of your appointment. Scheduling is fast & easy!

  1. Schedule through the NorthShoreConnect patient portal. 
  2. For assistance scheduling at a NorthShore clinic call 847.982.5000. For assistance scheduling at Swedish call 773.878.6888.
  3. For COVID-19 boosters only, walk in to Swedish Hospital (2751 W. Winona St., Chicago, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Parents or legal guardians must accompany minors (those age 17 and under) and provide written consents for vaccine(s) to be administered. Please bring your ID, COVID-19 vaccination card, and insurance information with you at the time of your vaccination.

5 Things to Know about the Omicron Booster

Am I eligible for this booster?

The CDC recommends the updated Pfizer-BioNTech booster for individuals 12 and older and the Moderna booster for those who are 18 and older. Anyone who has received the two-shot primary mRNA or Novavax series or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson—regardless of whether they received any or all of the recommended booster shots—is eligible to receive the bivalent booster. Other pediatric groups are not yet approved.

When should I get this booster?

Anyone who has completed their primary vaccination or received the most recent booster dose two or more months ago can get an updated booster now. Once received, it takes two weeks to be effective.

Can I get this booster at the same time I get my annual flu shot?

Yes! In fact, many of our COVID-19 vaccine clinics will also carry flu shots, making it convenient to receive your flu shot at the same time you receive your booster.

Will I still have access to the original COVID booster?

With the approval of the bivalent booster, the monovalent booster is no longer recommended for individuals 12 and older, however we continue to offer the original booster for kids aged 5-11.

What if I have a child between the ages of 5 and 11 years old who is eligible for a booster?

For now, children in that age range are eligible for the original (monovalent) COVID booster, which we offer.