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Updated Influenza Vaccine and COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

VA is offering updated COVID-19 booster vaccines, also called bivalent vaccines, with the Moderna bivalent and Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent COVID-19 vaccines.

Given the fast spread of the Omicron variant, getting an updated booster as soon as you are eligible is critical. COVID-19 vaccines are provided at no cost.

Aleda E. Lutz VAMC is administering Moderna COVID-19 booster shots starting Monday, September 19, 2022. We will be offering both Influenza (flu) and Moderna COVID-19 booster starting Monday, September 26, 2022. The Vaccine Clinic can be found in the main lobby with drop-in hours, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at 1500 Weiss, St. Saginaw, MI 48602.

The VA North Clinic will begin offering both Influenza (flu) and Moderna COVID-19 booster starting Monday, September 26, 2022. Call your CBOC and the Saginaw Annex for an appointment to receive the COVID-19 Booster. Influenza Vaccines are available during any scheduled appointment and between the times of 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. for walk-ins.

Please bring your COVID-19 vaccine card when presenting for a COVID-19 Booster. Call the vaccine hotline at 989-497-2500, Ext.14507 for up-to-date information on the vaccines.

To receive your Influenza vaccine in the community visit Flu Shots Near You - National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (va.gov) to find participating pharmacy locations.

You can also call us at 989-497-2500, Ext. 11230 to schedule an appointment for your updated booster shot. Our staff will help you find a time that’s convenient for you. 

If you choose, you can also receive your booster shot at no cost to you outside of VA.

VA also provides free COVID-19 testing to eligible Veterans. You can locate a vaccine site at Vaccines.gov - Search for COVID-19 vaccine locations. Make sure to take your Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card when you go!

Updated Booster Shot Eligibility

The CDC recently issued recommendations for getting an updated COVID-19 booster. The following people should get a booster:

  1. Individuals 18 years and older who completed primary series vaccination with two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago, or with a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago. People who have received one or two prior booster doses are also eligible 2 months after their most recent dose. These individuals can get either a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 updated booster.
  1. Adolescents 12-17 years old who completed initial series or booster vaccination with a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago. Persons under age 18 can only get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for their initial series and for their updated booster.

If you received your updated booster outside of the VA, we encourage you to share this information with your VA health care team. You can do this by adding your vaccine information to your MyHealtheVet health summary for your own records. To add your information, you’ll need a premium MyHealtheVet account. Learn more about managing your COVID-19 vaccine records online.

 

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