How Many COVID Vaccines Are There?

13 September, 2023

Q: How many COVID vaccines are there? How many total doses are recommended as of fall 2023?

A: As of September 2023, CDC recommends that all U.S. residents 6 months and older receive one dose of updated Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) or Moderna (Spikevax) mRNA vaccine. This recommendation applies to all individuals, regardless of previous COVID-19 vaccination history.

Both mRNA vaccines have been reformulated to protect against XBB.1.5, a lineage similar to the subvariants that are currently prevalent. (Novavax recombinant subunit protein vaccines remain available to those who cannot or will not receive mRNA vaccines.)

Resources related to updated 2023-’24 COVID-19 vaccines include:

FDA 2023-2024 COVID-19 Vaccines Announcement

This press release summarizes regulatory action and updated resources to facilitate access to updated vaccines.

ACIP Meeting Presentation Slides

Details about CDC’s recommendation and relevant scientific considerations.

FDA Resources for the Fall Respiratory Illness Season

Patient-facing guide to FDA-authorized and approved vaccines, tests and treatments for COVID-19, flu and RSV.

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