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Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccines are now available to everyone over the age of 16.
Raleigh NC, December 9, 2021. Eligibility for Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster vaccine has been expanded to include 16 and 17-year-olds, making safe and effective boosters now available to everyone 16 and older.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending a booster for 16- and 17-year-olds after emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration. For 16- and 17-year-olds to receive a booster from Pfizer six months after the date of their second dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
“Giving your child a COVID-19 booster shot will help strengthen and extend his protection against the COVID-19 virus and especially against newer variants,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, MD. people over 16 to get their booster as we get closer to the holiday season. ”
Previously, COVID-19 booster shots were only available to adults 18 years of age and older. The Pfizer booster is the first and only COVID-19 booster licensed for use in 16 and 17-year-olds, and the Pfizer vaccine is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine licensed for people under the age of 18. Parental consent is required. .
Recent studies indicate that while protection against serious illness and death remains strong for people who are fully vaccinated, people may be more likely to develop milder or asymptomatic COVID-19 over time, including those 16 and under. and 17 years. A single booster dose will help provide continued protection against COVID-19. Data on Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine shows that it is safe and effective.
Booster shots are available anywhere COVID-19 vaccines are available. Because the Pfizer booster is the only brand available for 16- and 17-year-olds, it’s best to check ahead to make sure the place you choose has Pfizer vaccines available.
People do not need a doctor’s note to get a booster shot. Individuals who wish to receive a booster will need to know the dates and brand of their previous COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 booster doses are free for everyone, even if they don’t have health insurance and regardless of their immigration status.
To find a vaccination location, or for more information about COVID-19 vaccines in North Carolina, visit MySpot.nc.gov or call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center toll-free at 888-675-4567.