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Mayor Bowser and DC Health Encourage Residents to Protect Themselves from Winter Respiratory Illnesses by Getting New COVID-19 Booster, Flu and RSV Vaccines

Wednesday, September 13, 2023
New COVID-19 Booster Will Be Widely Available Within Next Two Weeks

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health are encouraging District residents to protect themselves, their families, and the community from respiratory illnesses by receiving new and existing vaccines and boosters for COVID-19, RSV, and the flu.  >  

  • Updated COVID-19 Booster: This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved a new COVID-19 booster for everyone 6 months or older. These boosters will become widely available through healthcare providers and pharmacies within the next two weeks. The new booster has been shown to be effective against many of the currently circulating variants by providing significant protections against severe COVID-19 hospitalization. Find sites with the updated COVID-19 booster at
  • RSV Vaccine: According to the CDC, every year, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) leads to approximately 60,000-120,000 hospitalizations and 6,000-10,000 deaths in the U.S. among adults 65 years of age or older. A new RSV vaccine has been approved for individuals 60 or older and is now available through healthcare providers and, for people who have a prescription, at pharmacies. DC Health is currently working to allow the RSV vaccine to be available at pharmacies without a prescription. 
    A monoclonal RSV preventative treatment is also available for certain high risk children 24 months and younger; families and caregivers should consult with their child’s health care provider. 
  • Flu Vaccine: The annual flu vaccine is now widely available through healthcare providers and pharmacies. The flu vaccine is for individuals 6 months or older. Find sites with the flu vaccine at

Proactively receiving your recommended boosters and vaccinations can dramatically reduce respiratory illness across the District and protect the health of our families, friends, and communities.  
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