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California WIC Updates

Learn more about what is new with the California WIC program.

WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit Increase Extended Through December 16, 2022

Updated October 3, 2022

WIC families receive a monthly cash-value benefit on their California WIC Card for fruits and vegetables purchases. Families can buy fresh, dried, canned, and frozen fruits and vegetables in any brand, type, or combination with their Fruits and Vegetables Benefit. Organic fruits and vegetables are included.

California WIC has temporarily increased the WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit through December 16, 2022. CDPH anticipates the increase may extend until December 31, 2022. Please check the WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit webpage for updates.

More information on the WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit increase can be found on the WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit webpage.

COVID-19 Information for WIC Families

Updated September 22, 2022

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna bivalent booster shots are now available.

The updated Pfizer Bio-BioNTech bivalent booster and the Moderna bivalent booster shots have been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the CDC and the FDA. The Pfizer booster is now available for everyone 12 years and older and the Moderna booster is available for those 18 years and older. 

This new booster will increase immunity against the original COVID-19 strain. It also protects against new Omicron variants.

Get a booster shot as soon as you're eligible. If you're 12 and older, and have had your primary series, you should get the updated booster at least 2 months after any COVID vaccine or booster dose. 

Your booster shot can also be a different vaccine brand than what you got in your original series.

To book your booster shot or find a walk-in clinic, visit My Turn.

See why the CDC urges you to stay up to date with your vaccines.


Use the information on the COVID-19 Information for WIC Families webpage to learn more about WIC services during the pandemic and find information to feel good about the facts when making the decision that is best for your family.

Infant Formula Availability and Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum, and EleCare Powder Formula Recall

Updated June 16, 2022

There is a recall of some lot numbers of Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum and EleCare powdered formulas. Check the lot number on the bottom of your formula to see if your formula needs to be returned. If you have recalled formula, do NOT use it. Return it to the store or call the manufacturer at 800-986-8540 for replacement. Find out more about the recall at the Abbott Recall webpage (www.similacrecall.com).

The impact of the ongoing pandemic and the recent 2022 Abbott recall of certain powdered formulas has led to periodic infant formula shortages for all consumers, including WIC families. More information for WIC families on infant formula availability can be found at the California WIC Infant Formula Availability webpage.

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