The new bivalent booster — which increases protection against both the omicron variant and the original coronavirus — has been available for nearly two weeks.
Alaska health officials say that a Juneau woman in her 70s has died of COVID-19. It’s not clear when she died.
Most people who have had their primary vaccine series are eligible, but children under age 12 are not.
“If you are eligible, there is no bad time to get your COVID-19 booster,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told NPR.
The new shots from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech target both the original strain of the coronavirus and the omicron BA.4/BA.5 subvariants that most people are catching now.