While many things are returning to a more normal state, COVID-19 remains a global pandemic.
COVID-19 cases have dropped to low levels after the winter surge of the omicron variant. But infections are rising as people head into the summer season.
About two-thirds of Americans are fully vaccinated, but half of those eligible for a first booster haven’t gotten one. Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated if they have yet to do so.
On March 29, the FDA authorized another COVID-19 booster for people age 50 and older. It allows for a fourth dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to that age group at least four months after their previous booster.
The U.S. currently has three COVID-19 vaccines available — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
The Pfizer vaccine is recommended for those 5 years of age and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are for those at least 18 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Boosters are recommended for everyone 18 and older, and the Pfizer booster is allowed for children as young as 12. Read the latest guidance from the CDC here.
Vaccines are now widely available and appointments are not needed in many places.
Doses of the COVID-19 vaccines come from the federal government to the states to be distributed. Texas distributes its allotted vaccines to hospitals, pharmacies, local health departments, freestanding ERs and other clinics.
Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster
The city’s drive-through vaccination site at the Alamodome closed in March, but there are still many pop-up vaccination clinics. For more information, click here. For people here in San Antonio, here’s where to find a COVID-19 vaccine.
You may be able to find the vaccine through your primary care physician or other healthcare providers. You can call your providers to see if they have any available.
University Health offers the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at several pharmacy locations. An appointment or registration isn’t needed. Locations include:
- Robert B. Green Campus Pharmacy: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays
- Medical Center Pavilion: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
- Southeast Clinic: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
- Southwest Clinic: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
- Texas Diabetes Institute: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
An adult family member or guardian must accompany children to provide written consent for the vaccination. Read more here.
Keep up with the latest vaccine news here.