Here’s where you can get new fall COVID-19 booster shots in Washtenaw County

Updated vaccines protect against newer omicron variants

This August 2022 photo provided by Pfizer shows vials of the company's updated COVID-19 vaccine during production in Kalamazoo, Mich. U.S. regulators have authorized updated COVID-19 boosters, the first to directly target today's most common omicron strain. The move on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2022, by the Food and Drug Administration tweaks the recipe of shots made by Pfizer and rival Moderna that already have saved millions of lives. (Pfizer via AP) (Uncredited)

ANN ARBOR – The newly updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters are now available at several locations across Washtenaw County.

The bivalent vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer recently received emergency use authorizations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The shots have been updated to better protect individuals from the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron variants, which are currently the dominant variants in the country.

The bivalent vaccines “contain two messenger RNA (mRNA) components of SARS-CoV-2 virus, one of the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 and the other one in common between the BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2,” reads the FDA’s website.

The Pfizer vaccine is approved as a single booster dose for individuals age 12 and up while the Moderna vaccine is approved as a single booster for individuals age 18 and up.

The Washtenaw County Health Department is currently offering the Pfizer bivalent vaccine. To schedule an appointment, click here. If no appointments are available, the Health Department encourages individuals to continue checking its site, since time slots are regularly updated.

The Health Department said it will post an update on its website when it is able to offer the updated Moderna vaccine.

The Health Department continues to offer the primary COVID-19 vaccine series from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

A number of area pharmacies including Rite Aid, Walgreens, Costco and Ann Arbor Pharmacy are offering either one or both of the bivalent vaccines. To check which locations are offering the updated boosters in your area, visit http://vaccines.gov.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination, visit the Washtenaw County Health Department’s website.


About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.