Sep 15, 2023 - COVID

New COVID vaccines are coming to Philadelphia

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Updated COVID vaccines were recommended this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and should be available soon in Philadelphia.

Why it matters: The new round of vaccines for anyone ages six months or older arrives after a rise in COVID hospitalizations were rising in the city and across Pennsylvania this summer.

How it works: Vaccine advisers recommend everyone ages 5 years and older receive one dose of an updated vaccine, Axios' Adriel Bettelheim writes.

  • The new shots, available from Pfizer and Moderna, are designed to target current circulating strains and newer variants.
  • Recommended dosage varies by age and health status. It's recommended that children under four complete a two-dose series, while moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals should complete three.

Where to find vaccines: The new shot will soon be available at pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, certain doctors' offices and clinics, and city health clinics.

Cost: Free for most people with private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.

  • Plus: The city is working with federal partners to ensure the uninsured or underinsured get the vaccine for free.

Between the lines: The expiration of the COVID public health emergency in May meant that the federal government was no longer going to be covering vaccinations for all.

Good to know: The CDC recommends getting flu shots at the same time as the COVID vaccine.


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