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Question: What is a bivalent vaccine?
Answer: Also referred to as an “updated booster,” the FDA-authorized Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent boosters include:
- An mRNA component of the original strain that provides an immune response that is broadly protective against COVID-19.
- An mRNA component in common between the omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5 lineages to provide better protection against COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant.
According to the FDA, the BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the Omicron variant are currently causing most cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and are predicted to circulate this fall and winter. In June, the agency’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted overwhelmingly to include an omicron component in COVID-19 booster vaccines.
Question: Who is eligible to receive a single booster dose and when?
Answer: Eligibility depends on which vaccine you receive.
Moderna: Individuals 18 years of age and older are eligible for a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent if it has been at least two months since they have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.
Pfizer: Individuals 12 years of age and older are eligible for a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent if it has been at least two months since they have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.
Important note: To ensure the best immune response to the vaccine and to minimize side effects, it is recommended that persons who have recently contracted COVID-19 wait at least two months before getting the bivalent booster.
Question: Is masking required in classrooms during fall quarter?
: Yes, masking is still required in indoor classrooms and instructional settings. Masking is also required in clinical areas, on Triton/university transportation and within residential units until further notice. Please visit the Masking and Operations webpage
for more guidance and details about where to pick up free masks.