Protect Yourself and Others this Cold & Flu Season
As the weather turns colder and we spend more time indoors, experts are predicting another wave of COVID-19 infections and an increase in cases of the flu. Although the bivalent COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine are not an RIT requirement at this time, it is recommended to help protect against infection.
As you get ready to head home for the holidays, consider getting the bivalent COVID-19 booster and/or the flu vaccine to better protect yourself and the people you care about.
Most local pharmacies are giving the bivalent COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine shots. The closest options for each include:
Walgreens: 2665 E Henrietta Rd, Henrietta, NY 14467
CVS: 2325 Marketplace Drive, Rochester, NY 14623 (inside Target)
Wegmans: 745 Calkins Road, Rochester, NY 14623
Wal-Mart: 1200 Marketplace Dr, Rochester, NY 14623
Visit the individual pharmacies’ websites to schedule your appointment.
Everyone should get boosted with the most recent COVDI-19 booster- the bivalent one. COVID-19 infections are starting to increase again. The virus is continuously changing, and we need to change with it. Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines is the best way to avoid hospitalization, death, and other long term health conditions caused by COVID-19 infection. By protecting yourself from infection, you protect those around you; you are less likely to pass an infection to them.
The virus that causes COVID-19 has changed over time. The different versions are called variants. The updated (bivalent) boosters protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variants. Previous boosters are called “monovalent” because they were designed only with the original virus.
Wait at least two months after your last COVID shot (primary series or old booster) before getting the new bivalent booster. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 bivalent booster is available for anyone 12 years or older who has completed a primary series. The Moderna COVID-19 bivalent booster is available for anyone 18 or older who has completed a primary series. It does not matter which primary series was completed or where you received it; eligible individuals may receive either bivalent booster.