Texas Children’s Hospital Now Offering Updated, Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Vaccines for Patients Ages 12 and Older

HOUSTON (Sept. 12, 2022) — Texas Children’s Hospital is now administering the newly updated COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose for patients as young as 12.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved — and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommend — that all individuals ages 12 and older receive one updated, “bivalent” booster dose, specifically engineered to fight both the original version of SARS-CoV-2 and the most prevalent Omicron strain of the virus.

The CDC recommends the reformulated Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster for people ages 18 and older, and the updated Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster for individuals ages 12 and older.

The new bivalent booster replaces the former, monovalent booster dose for those 12 and older. Currently, there are no changes to the COVID-19 vaccine schedule for children ages 6 months to 11 years.

Both vaccines have been authorized for administration at least two months after a patient completes primary COVID-19 vaccinations or receives a previous booster.

As flu season quickly is approaching, patients safely can receive both the flu vaccine and the new COVID-19 booster during the same appointment.

How to schedule an appointment

Parents and caregivers seeking to vaccinate their children — and adult patients wishing to be vaccinated — can schedule appointments at Texas Children’s Hospital locations throughout Houston and Austin through the hospital’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments scheduler. Free valet or validated parking is provided for families visiting Texas Children’s in the Texas Medical Center, Texas Children’s West Campus and Texas Children’s The Woodlands.

Patients of Texas Children’s Pediatrics in Houston, Austin and College Station can schedule appointments via MyChart or by calling their individual Texas Children’s Pediatrics offices, or by visiting Texas Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hub.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and Texas Children’s equitable vaccination efforts, please visit the Texas Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hub. For more information about Texas Children’s hospital, visit www.texaschildrens.org.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Tower for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first HMO for children; has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country, Texas Children’s Pediatrics; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.