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If you go to your local pharmacy or vaccination site, you’ll be getting a new type of COVID-19 shot these days. It’s a bivalent booster shoot

meaning it contains parts of the original COVID-19 variant and the omicron variant that’s grown dominant in 2022.

meaning it contains parts of the original COVID-19 variant and the omicron variant that’s grown dominant in 2022.

The new formulation is designed to give you better protection against the type of coronavirus circling now, but does a new type of vaccine mean it will feel different?

“All the side effects from the bivalent booster (in clinical trials) were very similar to what we saw with the regular booster and even going back to the initial vaccination,” said Andrew Pekosz

a virologist with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a recent media briefing.

“Most often it’s redness at the site of inoculation, some soreness, feeling tired for a day or two afterwards — all the same side effects we’re seeing at relatively the same rates with the bivalent booster.”

There’s no way to know if antibodies produced by an omicron-matched booster might last longer than a few months. But a booster is also supposed to strengthen immune system memory