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An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

September 12, 2022
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I write with good news that the updated COVID-19 booster shots, recently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use, are now available at UCSF.

The new booster shots from Moderna and Pfizer are the first updated boosters since the initial vaccines were introduced in late 2020. This bivalent booster is specifically formulated to protect against infection from the two most prevalent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5 and contains the components of the original booster shots.

As the virus changes and your immunity naturally decreases over time, you may lose some protection from previous COVID-19 vaccines. Getting the latest booster shot will help increase your protection against severe COVID-19 disease, slow transmission of the virus and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging in our community. Here’s what you should know:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination to protect against severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Booster Eligibility

  • To be eligible for the new booster shots, you must have completed your primary vaccination series — and be at least two months out from your last dose of any COVID vaccine,...
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