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Cleveland Clinic now scheduling for updated COVID-19 booster vaccine

The Cleveland Clinic is now scheduling for the bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine at its Hillcrest and Fairview locations.

CLEVELAND — With the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine now available, the Cleveland Clinic is now scheduling appointments for patients to receive the updated booster.

According to the Clinic, appointments are now available at its vaccine sites located at its Hillcrest and Fairview hospitals. Appointments are required and available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Appointments can be made via MyChart or by calling 216-448-4117.

Additionally, as more supplies become available beginning in mid-September, the updated boosters will be available at many previously scheduled primary care appointments.

The Cleveland Clinic will be offering the updated Pfizer vaccine, which is available for anyone 12 years and older who is at least two months removed from receiving the last dose of their primary series or two months after their last "original" booster. The updated boosters, which contain messenger RNA components of the original COVID-19 strain along with components of the omicron (BA4 & BA5) variant, are expected to provide better protection against currently circulating strains of COVID.

"It's a great time to get protected, as we head into the colder months," the Cleveland Clinic says. "Studies have shown vaccination is the best way to prevent severe illness or death from COVID-19."

More information on the COVID-19 vaccine can be found at Clevelandclinic.org/covidvaccine.

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