The new monovalent COVID-19 vaccines are designed to provide more focused protection against newer stains of the virus, including XBB.1.5, a more recent descendent of the omicron variant.
The CDC recommends the following if it’s been at least two months since you received the older, bivalent COVID vaccine:
- Those 5 and older should receive one dose of the 2023-24 mRNA COVID vaccine.
- Children ages 6 months through 4 years will need one dose if previously vaccinated. Those with no prior COVID vaccination will receive a series of two (Moderna) or three (Pfizer-BioNTech) doses.
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should discuss vaccination strategies with their doctor. The number of doses recommended will depend on prior vaccination status and age.
“Vaccination remains the best insurance against COVID-related hospitalizations and death, especially in the highest risk groups such as the elderly and those with underlying immunosuppression and chronic medical conditions,” said Timothy Friel, MD, Chair, Department of Medicine, LVHN. “For patients at lower risk of complications or those with questions about vaccination, I always encourage consultation with your doctor or clinician to help you make the vaccine decision that’s right for you.”
Dr. Friel said though COVID is unfortunately still with us, things have evolved during the past three years. “The virus has continued to change, and, for most patients, our immune systems are better equipped to respond to infection because of our exposure to prior vaccines and natural infection. Nonetheless, we have been experiencing an increase in cases and hospitalizations, though still at significantly lower levels than we witnessed during prior Septembers,” Dr. Friel said.
If you have any questions concerning COVID-19 vaccination scheduling, call 888-402-LVHN (5846).