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​COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER SHOTS​

West Virginians ages 6 months and older are recommended to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination. West Virginians ages 5 years and older are recommended to get boosted when due. 

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are important for maintaining protection against severe illness, hospitalization, or death from the virus that causes COVID-19. To stay up-to-date:   

First, all individuals ages 6 months and older need a primary series (this is the initial set of shots that teaches the body to recognize and fight the virus). 
Next, most people ages 5 years and older need to get boosted (booster shots help remind your body what it learned from the primary series: how to fight off the virus).
    • ​​Those ages 5-11 years are recommended to get an original booster shot (monovalent). 
    • Those ages 12+ years are recommended to get an Omicron booster shot (bivalent).
For a simplified way to find whether you and/or someone you care for are due for a booster shot (or any COVID-19 shot), use the WV COVID-19 Vaccination Due Date Calculator by scrolling down at vaccinate.wv.gov. The CVDD Calculator is a free, online tool that can quickly help anyone figure out when they are due for a COVID-19 shot. 

West Virginians can also contact the 24/7 WV COVID-19 Hotline by calling 1-800-887-4304 to learn when they are due or ask other medically oriented COVID-19 vaccination questions. For help finding a vaccination location or for questions about the COVID-19 vaccination process, call the WV COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line: 1-833-734-0965. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOT?


West Virginians ages 5 and older are eligible to get boosted months after completing their primary series (see links below or the Due Date Calculator at vaccinate.wv.gov​ for specific timeframes based on age and other factors).

West Virginians ages 12 years and older are eligible for the updated Omicron booster shot.

Those under age 5 are not currently eligible to get boosted (although those ages 6 months through 4 years are eligible to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine primary series).

Note: Certain immunocompromised people need an "additional primary dose" (another shot in the primary series) before getting boosted. 


HOW CAN SOMEONE FIND OUT WHEN THEY ARE DUE FOR BOOSTER SHOT?

To know when they are eligible and due for a booster shot (or any COVID-19 shot), West Virginians are encouraged to use the WV COVID-19 Vaccination Due Date Calculator.

The CVDD Calculator is a free online tool that helps anyone figure out when they may become due for a COVID-19 shot, and what type of COVID-19 shot they are eligible to get, making it easier to stay up-to-date on vaccination. 

All West Virginians should check the calculator periodically, as guidelines for COVID-19 booster shots may change over time. Use the calculator by scrolling down at vaccinate.wv.gov.   

West Virginians are encouraged to seek the advice of a healthcare professional for any medical questions or needs.  


WHEN IS SOMEONE "UP-TO-DATE"? 


West Virginians are up to date with COVID-19 vaccination when they have gotten all the doses in the primary series and all booster shots recommended to them when eligible.

See above and below for more information on primary series, booster shots, and how to use the COVID-19 Vaccination Due Date Calculator to simplify the process of staying up-to-date.  

WHERE ARE BOOSTERS OFFERED? 

COVID-19 shots are readily available in West Virginia. There are several ways to get one: 

•    Contact a healthcare provider to see if they carry COVID-19 vaccines; 
•    Click here to see a list of local health departments and free clinic locations; 
•    Visit vaccines.gov to search by zip code for vaccination locations across the state and to schedule an appointment;
•    Call the WV COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965 (M-F 8am-6pm, Sat. 9am-5pm) for assistance finding a location. 

Those caring for someone who is homebound and seeking vaccination can call the WV COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line to make arrangements. 

​​IS IT OK TO GET A COVID-19 SHOT AT THE SAME TIME AS OTHER VACCINES?

Yes. Individuals can get a COVID-19 vaccine at and around the same time as other vaccines, such as a flu shot or other immunizations.

CAN LOST COVID-19 VACCINATION CARDS BE REPLACED? 

Yes. When you are vaccinated, you will receive a COVID-19 vaccination record card. Bring this card with you to any other COVID-19 vaccine appointments. 
 
West Virginians who lost their COVID-19 vaccine card can request a replacement by completing this online form.


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