The bivalent COVID-19 booster shot, which is designed to protect against the omicron variants, is now available in Austin.

Everyone over age 12 is eligible for the bivalent booster shot, according to Austin Public Health.

Vaccines are available through the Austin Public Health Shots for Tots program, the Mobile Vaccination Program and at many local pharmacies.

"We have been anticipating this vaccine, and I recommend everyone who's eligible make plans to get the updated booster," said Dr. Desmar Walkes, the Austin-Travis County health authority, in a press release. "People in our community are still getting very sick from these highly transmissible COVID-19 omicron subvariants."

Individuals can get the COVID-19 booster at the same time as the seasonal flu shot, according to APH.

The recommendation for when individuals should get a booster shot varies depending on age, vaccination status and if you are immunocompromised, according to APH. For those between the ages of 18-49, boosters are recommended at least two months after your second vaccine dose or booster shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a tool that determines if you are up to date on COVID-19 vaccines.

"We’ve watched this virus change over time, so it's necessary to update how we protect against it," APH Director Adrienne Sturrup said in a press release. "Call your pharmacy or doctor's office and make plans to get an updated booster. Our Shots for Tots/Big Shots clinics and MVP teams have updated boosters on hand for those with limited access to medical care."