CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot, along with Dr. Allison Arwady and city health officials, announced Tuesday that Chicago is rolling out two updated COVID-19 vaccines, produced specifically to target the Omicron subvariants.

The CDC rushed distribution after the vaccines received federal emergency use approval. The vaccines will be available this week to city residents 12 years and older, who have already completed a primary vaccine series.  

“Today, we are taking a new step to ensure every resident can continue to be protected against COVID-19 and all of its subvariants,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “This updated vaccine is critical to our ongoing fight against this pandemic and will help to keep our residents and their communities as healthy as possible.” 

Illinois is receiving 580,000 doses, with approximately 150,000 doses going to Chicago — and more following in the coming weeks.

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The new vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are being called “bivalent boosters,” meaning they are a mix of two versions of the vaccine.

Anyone looking for a nearby site can go to: Vaccines.gov. Residents can also call the city’s COVID-19 call center at 312-746-4835. 

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