As we head deeper into the winter months, spend more time indoors, and visit with loved ones during the holidays, we often see more incidences of cold and flu viruses. COVID-19 is also still something to keep on your radar. Have you fallen behind on your latest COVID-19 booster? Here’s what you should know.
What’s The Newest Vaccine?
The latest COVID-19 booster is a monovalent shot because it targets a single omicron subvariant: XBB1.5. The shot helps protect you from newer variants of COVID-19 that have entered the U.S.
When Should You Take It?
If you’re five years and older, then you’re eligible for the latest COVID-19 vaccine. Make sure to wait at least two months after taking your latest COVID-19 shot before getting the newest one. For children, who are six months to four-years-old, they’re also eligible for the vaccine but may need more than one dose, depending on how many they’ve had in the past. Make sure to talk to their primary care doctor.
How Can I Get The Newest Vaccine?
Most health insurance plans should cover the COVID-19 vaccine for free.Those who are uninsured should also be able to get a free vaccine through the Bridge Access Program, which offers shots at local pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS, and other health centers. The Houston Health department has fixed vaccination sites and weekly pop-up sites that offer the shot. Older adults, people with disabilities, and veterans can also schedule a vaccination at their home by calling 832-393-4301.