When should you get the new bivalent Covid vaccine? Elizabeth Tracey reports


Covid has taken us on a wild ride, throwing out new variants with dizzying regularity. Now officials are recommending the new bivalent vaccines to shore up our immunity against currently circulating strains of Covid. Anna Durbin, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says it is a good idea to take this vaccine.

Durbin: There may be another variant that comes out. We can’t predict that but I think for the short term, for now, what we know is circulating, this is really a good step. You have to be a little bit careful. You want to time it right. So if people have gotten their third or fourth shot, within the past two months I would say wait at least another month. I would like to see anywhere from three to six months between your last Covid shot and this one to give yourself the best immune response you possibly can.  :31

Durbin notes that it’s very helpful that new vaccine technology is allowing us to respond to a changing viral landscape. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.