Public Health offers free COVID-19 boosters in Auburn

The bivalent COVID-19 booster shots are available at the Outlet Collection mall in Auburn

As of Sept. 12, Public Health – Seattle and King County is offering the updated “bivalent” COVID-19 booster shots to eligible groups for free at the Outlet Collection mall in Auburn.

No appointment, insurance or proof of citizenship are necessary to get the booster, according to Public Health.

These new booster shots get the bivalent name because they are comprised of the original COVID-19 vaccine and BA.4 and BA.5 spike proteins. Including the spike proteins provides additional protection against variants that are more transmissible and immune-invading, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

Here are the DOH’s update booster guidelines:

People 18 years and older can receive either the Pfizer or Moderna bivalent booster at least two months after their most recent dose. Kids ages 12-17 can receive only the Pfizer booster at least two months after their most recent dose.

Kids ages 5-11 are only allowed to have the companies original monovalent booster, five or more months after their last dose. The original monovalent booster is no longer available for people ages 12 and over, according to the DOH.

COVID-19 is very much still here with an average of 284 new cases, 13 hospitalizations and three deaths due to COVID each day in King County, according to the County’s COVID-19 dashboard.

According to the most recent available data, the Auburn-Kent-Federal Way area has the highest rate of cases in the county with around 195 cases per 100,000 residents.