Sep 13, 2023 - News

What to know about the updated COVID vaccines in Chicago

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cleared the way Tuesday for some Chicago clinics to offer updated COVID vaccines to the public later this week.

Why it matters: The CDC recommended the shots for anyone ages 6 months and older amid a months-long uptick in COVID cases across the country.

Details: The vaccine advisors recommend everyone ages 5 years and over receive one dose of an updated vaccine, Axios' Adriel Bettelheim writes.

  • Children 6 months to 4 years should complete a two-dose initial series with at least one dose of the updated vaccine.
  • Moderately or severely immunocompromised people should complete a three-dose series. More info here.

Where to find vaccines: When the shots officially become available, Chicagoans with insurance can hit up local drug stores like Walgreens and CVS, plus some local health providers.

Reality check: Although the new booster specifically targets the XBB.1.5 variant of Omicron, health authorities say it should still be pretty effective against the EG.5 strain that's recently been circulating.

Of note: The CDC also recommends getting your flu shot at the same time.

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