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Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath — similar to the flu. They've also experienced chills or shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of sense of smell or taste. While information indicates that most cases are mild, symptoms appear to be more severe in the elderly and people with chronic conditions.
The CDC recommends that adults ages 65 years and older receive an additional dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after their first dose of the updated vaccine, which became available in fall 2023. We expect to begin administering this additional dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine to older adults in most areas by mid-March, and possibly earlier in some locations.