Johnson County now offering newest COVID-19 booster shots — What you need to know

COVID-19 booster

As of Monday, eligible Johnson Countians can receive the new COVID-19 booster that's intended to protect specifically against the latest Omicron variants of the virus along with the original strain of the disease. Image credit Anthony Quintano/Flickr. Use under a Creative Commons license.

Starting Monday, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will offer the newest COVID-19 booster shot, which aims to protect agains the latest Omicron subvariants of the disease.

Why it matters: The new “bivalent” COVID-19 booster, which was authorized by federal health officials at the end of August, targets both the original COVID-19 strain along with the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA. 5, health experts say.