New COVID-19 booster vaccines arriving in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — The new COVID-19 booster vaccine is available in Wisconsin, and health leaders are urging people to get the shot.

The latest vaccine specifically targets the dominant Omicron subvariants in addition to the original strain.

Unlike in the past, the vaccines are not being rolled out to specific groups early on, so anyone ages 12 and up can get the Pfizer booster and anyone ages 18 and up can get Moderna’s booster.

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“They are open to anyone who is eligible, similar to our fall booster campaign… for influenza vaccine. They are available and we encourage everyone to get a vaccine when they’re able,” Dr. Ryan Westergaard, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ chief medical officer and state epidemiologist, said.

Pharmacies, health centers and clinics are expected to make appointments available as booster doses arrive. The boosters are recommended as a single dose for people 12 and older who have received the primary COVID-19 vaccine series and have not had a COVID-19 vaccine in the past two months.

To learn where to get a vaccine, visit vaccines.gov and enter a ZIP code.