New COVID-19 vaccine guidelines recommend second dose for people 65 and older

By The Active Age | May 14, 2023

The Sedgwick County Health Department now offers adults 65 and older and individuals with weakened immune systems a second dose of updated (bivalent) COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine under new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

According to a news release form the county, here is a summary of the new guidelines:

For adults 65 years and older, a second dose of updated vaccine is recommended four months after the first dose.

For individuals with a weakened immune system, a second dose of updated vaccine is recommended two months after the first dose.

The original, monovalent COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are no longer recommended for use.

The health department’s main clinic at 2716 W. Central offers the updated Pfizer vaccine, not Moderna, as well as the Novavax vaccine by appointment only for uninsured people and children who are covered by CHIP or Medicaid/KanCare. To schedule, call 316-660-7300.

SIndividuals with insurance are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider. To find other providers, including providers that offer the updated Moderna vaccine, visit