CDC expands booster shot eligibility to 12-15 year olds

Kern County Public Health Services Department


January 8, 2022

On Jan. 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced their endorsement of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation to expand eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old. Also, CDC now recommends that adolescents age 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot five months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.

According to CDC, data show that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. ACIP reviewed the available safety data following the administration of over 25 million vaccine doses in adolescents; COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12-17.

Visit CDC website to learn more about COVID-19 booster shots.

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