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Updated on September 13, 2022


On Thursday, September 1, 2022 the Centers for Disease Control authorized a new bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 booster shots for those 12 years of age and older. This new vaccine is a bivalent vaccine which means it contains part of the original COVID-19 vaccine and part of a new vaccine which was developed to target BA.4 and BA.5 omicron variant.

For those 12 years of age and older, the new bivalent COVID-19 booster shot can be administered if it has been at least two months since you have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.


Key updates include:

  1. The bivalent COVID-19 vaccines are expected to provide increased protection against the currently circulating omicron variant as well as boost immunity to other variants.
  2. The use of monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines is no longer authorized for use of boosters in people ages 12 years and older.
  3. Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine remains authorized for administration of a single booster dose for individuals 5 through 11 years of age at least five months after completing a primary series of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

You do not have to be a patient of Riverside to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule an appointment for primary vaccination or your booster shot, please see the below options:
- Existing Riverside patients can schedule through their Riverside MyChart account
- Call 757-534-5050 to schedule

Riverside Health System COVID-19 Vaccine Update 

Riverside Health System encourages everyone who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine to get one as soon as possible. The vaccines have been given to millions of people around the world and have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalization.

You can schedule your COVID-19 vaccine online and learn more about who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and how to schedule a appointment.


COVID-19 Safety Measures

Even after you receive the vaccine, you may be able to pick up the virus, carry it and give it to others. Please continue to follow state and national safety guidelines. While vaccine distribution is an essential part of our COVID-19 response, it will take many months before a large portion of the population can be vaccinated. Efforts like wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and practicing hand hygiene remain essential to reduce the spread.