New COVID-19 Vaccine – What You Need to Know
On September 11, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and authorized the use of updated COVID-19 vaccines to target current circulating variants. These vaccines provide better protection against serious consequences of the newer strains of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death.
The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter season. The old COVID-19 boosters are no longer available.
Going forward, you can think about the COVID vaccine as a seasonal vaccine – like we have for the flu – with recommendations to get vaccinated early (September / October) before the seasonal flu and COVID season peaks.
Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death. Vaccination also reduces your chance of suffering the effects of Long COVID, which can develop during or following acute infection and last for an extended duration. If you have not received a COVID-19 vaccine in the past 2 months, we recommend getting an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself this fall and winter.
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic locations are scheduled to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in early October. You can schedule an immunization appointment through your MyKelseyOnline patient portal or the MyKelsey App.