Bivalent COVID boosters approved, available for 6 months and older

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BIVALENT COVID-19 vaccination boosters are now approved and available in San Diego County for children as young as six months of age. The County Health and Human Services Agency is urging parents to protect their children, and themselves, by getting vaccinated with the new booster.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the emergency use of the updated Pfizer and Moderna bivalent booster vaccines for children as young as six months. The FDA previously expanded availability to include 5- to 11-year-olds in October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health quickly recommended vaccinations for young children after the FDA approval.

“We can now provide additional protection for children as young as six months of age from COVID-19,” said County Public Health Officer Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H.  “This is especially important with the high incidence of COVID-19 in our community. Please take advantage and have your children vaccinated to protect them and the rest of your family.”

County residents continue to deal with a triple threat of respiratory diseases this winter season, from COVID-19 to the flu to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Public Health officials still strongly urge people to get vaccinated for both COVID-19 and the flu.

The bivalent COVID-19 booster and flu vaccinations are separate shots, but they can be given at the same visit. They effectively decrease the chances of getting infected, being hospitalized, or dying from the separate viruses that each vaccine targets. Boosters are available through healthcare providers and at participating pharmacies. Parents can visit the state’s My Turn website to schedule an appointment.

County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency began offering boosters for children as early as six months age on Thursday, December 15. Booster dose availability is listed on the County’s COVID-19 vaccinations schedule webpage (

The updated boosters were designed to protect individuals from the worst outcomes of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death. Everyone six months of age and older who has had their primary vaccination series is eligible to get the updated booster two months following any COVID vaccine or booster dose.

County officials also recommend wearing a mask if you are able, particularly during indoor public gatherings, to protect yourself and those around you.

In addition to vaccination and masking, San Diegans can take a number of other precautions to protect themselves against COVID-19, as well as seasonal illnesses like the flu. These measures include:

  • Cleaning hands thoroughly and often;
  • Staying away from sick people;
  • Staying home and avoiding contact with others when sick;
  • Home testing when exposed or when ill; Regularly cleaning commonly touched surfaces.

Federal government makes free at-home tests available again

The White House has moved to make free at-home COVID-19 tests available again through the winter for a limited time. Households can order one pack of four free tests through the U.S. Postal Service.  For more information about testing, go to the County of San Diego COVID-19 testing webpage.

COVID-19 vaccination progress

  • Close to 2.69 million or 80.4% of San Diegans received the primary series of one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Bivalent boosters administered: 474,245 or 19% of 2,494,254 eligible San Diegans.

More vaccination information can be found at

More information

Data updates to the County’s website will be published Thursdays around 5 p.m., with the exception of holidays. More information about the flu is available on the County’s influenza website (

(Gig Conaughton/County of San Diego Communications Office)

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