Published on September 12, 2022
Metro Health Clinics and pop-up vaccination sites are offering Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 bivalent vaccine boosters to those 12 and older. The original, monovalent, Pfizer boosters are available to children 5 to 11 years of age.
Metro Health is also providing a $100 H-E-B gift card to each person who receives any COVID-19 vaccine, this includes the bivalent vaccines, at a Metro Health or a partnering clinic, while supplies last.
Bivalent booster vaccination eligibility
- After 2 months since completing your primary series or since your last booster
- If you never got a booster and are at least 12 years old — this will be a good time to get one. These are available at Metro Health sites. We expect community COVID levels to rise in the fall and winter as people gather indoors, especially around holidays.
- If you already got one or two boosters — you are eligible for the updated booster two months after your last dose.
- If you had COVID — you will experience stronger and broader protection than anyone else from this shot. CDC says you can wait 3 months after your infection to get the booster.
Updated boosters are especially important for people ages 65 and up, whose hospitalizations are as high during Omicron as they were during the Delta wave. For all other age groups, hospitalizations have dropped significantly.
Even if you’re not hospitalized, infections can make you feel lousy, disrupt your plans, and raise your chances of long COVID, so we still recommend caution indoors when community COVID levels are “High.”