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Bivalent “Omicron” Booster

September 15, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved and is recommending new bivalent (“Omicron”) boosters for individuals ages 12 and up.

Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection and prevention against COVID-19 illness.

People who are moderately or severely immuno-compromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters.

COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations continues to evolve and recommendations are updated as the CDC continues to monitor the latest data. Please visit and the CDC website for additional updates.

For those over the age of 11:

  • People ages 12 and older: NCH is currently accepting new Omicron booster appointments. Appointments can be made through MyChart or by calling 847-618-0242.
  • People ages 12 years and older can only receive the updated Omicron (bivalent) booster; the original (monovalent) mRNA booster is no longer available for these individuals.
  • CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination, including all primary series doses and boosters for their age group:

For those under the age of 12:

  • For children ages 5 to 11: NCH continues to accept appointments for original monovalent boosters. 

  • Children ages 5 to 11 years should receive all primary series doses and updated COVID-19 boosters, if eligible.
  • Children ages 6 months to 4 years are strongly recommended to receive all 3 doses of the COVID-19 primary series. NCH is offering Pfizer at this time.
  • Learn about our pediatric COVID-19 clinic locations and scheduling information by calling 847-618-0242 for an appointment.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone under 18 years of age.