Younger Age Groups Now Eligible for Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Vaccines
On October 12, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for the bivalent, or “updated”, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for use as a single booster dose in younger age groups. This means children can now get one of these boosters at no cost.
For the Pfizer-BioNTech booster:
- Children 5 years and older can get the updated Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster vaccine. It can be given as soon as two months after their first vaccination series or most recent monovalent booster vaccine.
For the Moderna booster:
- Children 6 years and older can get the updated Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccine. It can be given as soon as two months after their first vaccination series or most recent monovalent booster vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all children get vaccinated. Even children who have already had COVID-19. Superior HealthPlan members and their families may reach out to their doctor or pharmacy for more information.
To learn more, please visit the resources below:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines for Use as a Booster Dose in Younger Age Groups
- CDC: Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccinations and Boosters