COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Update: An updated COVID-19 booster is now available for people 12 and older, two months after they finish their primary series or any booster dose. It offers the most up-to-date protection against the latest Omicron variants. Omicron is the most common form of COVID-19. Find a booster near you. Can you get a COVID-19 booster? Start over Versión en español Boosters Available for All COVID-19 Vaccines Updated boosters designed specifically to target the latest variants are available to everyone 12 and older. People age 5-11 can still get the original booster, but it is expected that the updated booster will be available for them soon. The booster, like all COVID-19 vaccines, is safe to get alongside the annual flu vaccine. People should get their flu vaccine as early as this month to build up immunity before the virus becomes widespread in late fall and winter. You can get an updated booster if you are 12 or older and: You received a booster, a second dose of the initial series of vaccine, or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least TWO months ago. You can get a booster if you are 5 to 11 and: You received your second dose of the vaccine at least FIVE months ago. The CDC also recommends a third dose for children 5 to 11 who have compromised immune systems. Find where to get a booster near you. Booster doses are free for everyone. No insurance or doctor's note is needed. Some brands of boosters (like Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech) may only be available to certain age groups. You can take any brand of booster that is available to your age group, regardless of what brand your initial vaccine or other boosters may have been. NCDHHS encourages you to speak with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have questions about what booster is right for you. Find a booster near you You'll need to know the dates of your vaccination and confirm what brand you got originally. Your paper vaccination card is helpful but may not be necessary. At-home vaccination and free transportation may be available. If you have more questions, we encourage you to read our FAQs, call the NC COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567, or send us a message.