What does it mean to "up-to-date" on COVID-19 vaccinations?
An individual is considered and "up-to-date" once they have received all recommended booster shots based on their age and personal health history. Boosters include COVID vaccines received following the completion of a primary series.
The updated (bivalent) booster vaccinations are called “bivalent” because they protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5. The CDC recommends that people ages 5 years and older receive one updated (bivalent) booster if it has been at least 2 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose, whether that was:
- Their final primary series dose, or
- An original (monovalent) booster
People who have gotten more than one original (monovalent) booster are also recommended to get an updated (bivalent) booster.
Visit the CDC COVID-19 Booster Info page for more information.
Penn will accept those COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Four COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use. Two are fully approved and two are approved for Emergency Use (EUA). As of July 27, 2022 that list includes:
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) – fully approved
- Moderna (Spikevax) – fully approved
- Johnson & Johnson/Janssen – EUA
- Novavax - EUA
Penn will accept those vaccines that have been “pre-qualified” or authorized for “Emergency Use Listing” (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO) evaluation process. As of July 27, 2022, that list includes:
- Johnson & Johnson/Janssen