Booster shots that target omicron variants of the coronavirus are widely available in the Capital Region. 
New Yorkers 12 years and older are eligible for the updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters aimed combating various omicron variants of the virus.
Finding an appointment for the booster is the next challenge. 
New York state’s Department of Health vaccination portal offers a link to search for appointments. CVS, Walgreens and a number of other chain and independent drug stores offer the boosters. The supply is plentiful.
Are you eligible?
• New Yorkers ages 12 and older are eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster if it is at least two months after their previous booster dose or two months after completing the initial primary vaccine series.
• New Yorkers ages 18 and older are eligible for a Moderna bivalent booster if it is at least two months after their previous booster dose or two months after completing the initial primary vaccine series.
The boosters are free and available across the state. 
In early September, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer and Moderna boosters. The shots target the omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants, the most recent variants to spread the virus in New York and the U.S.
The original COVID-19 boosters are still recommended for children ages 5-11 who have completed their primary series at least five months ago.
While the vast majority of cases right now are linked to the highly contagious BA.5 strain, BA 4.6, is also gaining traction in much of the country, accounting for about 8 percent of new infections in the U.S. last week, according to the latest state and federal variant analysis.
Mike Goodwin has been a stock broker, garbage man, and a house painter. He has been a journalist since 1995 and the Times Union has been his home since 2002. As a city desk editor, he’s on the front lines of newsgathering for the Capital Region’s newspaper. Think you have an interesting story? Contact him at mgoodwin@timesunion.com or 518-454-5465.

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