CDC updates recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines

On April 19, 2023, the CDC updated recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine: Everyone 6 years and older should receive one updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of whether they’ve received any original COVID-19 vaccines. Adults over 65 and older should get a second updated dose. The “updated” vaccine, previously referred to as a “bivalent booster”, offers protection against the original and newer strains of COVID-19.

These changes mean most unvaccinated individuals are considered up to date after a single dose of the updated vaccine.

Kids under age 6 and immunocompromised patients may need additional vaccines, depending on the number of doses they’ve previously received. For most individuals under age 65 who are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines, no additional doses are recommended at this time.

To learn more, visit the CDC’s website at

If you are not sure about your vaccination status or need an updated vaccine, speak with your YKHC healthcare provider. Call your local clinic or, in Bethel, call 907-543-6442.