How to get a new COVID-19 Booster Shot?

How to get a new COVID-19 Booster Shot?

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Recently, the new COVID-19 – XBB1.5 Virus has broken out all over the world, and the attention among international students have returned to those topics related to COVID-19 symptoms and booster injections. If you still have questions or want to make an appointment for booster shots, you may find helpful tips in the following.


First of all, how to choose the type of booster when making an appointment on the official website of a pharmacy?


1.Make an appointment on CVS website

1.Make an appointment on CVS website

The four types of CVS vaccines correspond to:

Pic source CVS official website

2.Make an appointment on Walgreens website

2.Make an appointment on Walgreens website

There are two types of vaccines provided at Walgreens:

pic source Walgreen official website

The newer COVID-19 bivalent booster helps restore the diminished protection from previous vaccinations and may provide broader protection against newer variants, notably Omicron’s BA.4 and BA.5 Subvariant.

All authorized COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are effective in reducing the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death.

3.COVID-19 Boosters FAQs

3.COVID-19 Boosters FAQs

We have also collected other FAQs from our customers and please check if you have ever encountered any of the problems below.

Q1: Should I choose Pfizer or Moderna for booster?

A: Simply choose by yourself! Individuals can receive Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, regardless of the type of vaccine previously received.


Q2: How should we deal with the new subvariant XBB.1.5?

A: The ability of antibodies produced by the bivalent vaccine to resist XBB.1.5 remains to be unclear, so the best way for most people to protect themselves is to get vaccinations and boosters as soon as possible.


Q3: What are the conditions for a vaccination with bivalent booster injections?


  •  5 years or older 
  • Completed the initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines 
  • At least two months after your last vaccination.


Q4: If I have been infected with COVID-19 or have previously received a monovalent booster, do I still need to get a bivalent booster?

A: Even if you have had a previous COVID-19 infection or received a booster shot of the monovalent vaccine, it is still recommended that you get a booster shot of the upgraded bivalent vaccine.

But people with recent COVID-19 infection may consider postponing any COVID-19 vaccine, including boosters for 3 months (from the date of the positive test).


Q5: Are bivalent vaccines more effective than monovalent vaccines?

A: Preliminary clinical experiments of the upgraded vaccine show that the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine provides broader protection against COVID-19 disease and extends protection against severe illness and/or death compared with the monovalent vaccine.


Q6: Can I get the Flu shot and the COVID-19 booster together?

A: Yes. According to CDC, there are no conflicts or negative effects if you get both shots at the same time.

4.COVID-19 Boosters Tips

4.COVID-19 Boosters Tips

Due to the shortage of medical resources in winter, many pharmacies do not accept walk-in vaccinations. It is strongly recommended that international students make an appointment in advance on the official website of the pharmacy and bring their insurance card.

Students who have insured Student Medicover are currently receiving free COVID-19 vaccines at the school clinic or various network pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, etc.)!

Note: Student Medicover Basic plan does not include any vaccines, and when the public safety emergency period ends, you may be charged for any vaccinations.