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CDC & ACIP approved Pfizer boosters for kids ages 12 to 15
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CDC & ACIP approved Pfizer boosters for kids ages 12 to 15

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A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is shown shortly after arriving in Oklahoma for distribution.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC have cleared the way to expand booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15. This decision was made following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s authorization to expand booster doses to this age group, earlier this week.

“We are pleased that the CDC has expanded eligibility of the Pfizer booster doses for kids ages 12 to 15,” said Keith Reed, interim commissioner of health. “We know that getting as many Oklahomans boosted, that are eligible, is critical during the recent surge of COVID-19.”

Earlier this week the CDC updated their recommendation to allow those who had an initial series of Pfizer to receive their booster dose five months after their last shot. This now includes those 12 to 15 years of age.

“We encourage families to talk with their primary care providers about vaccinating their kids and now boosting those who are in the 12 to 15 age group,” said Reed.

Based off of CDC guidance, five to 11-year-olds who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, are also recommended to receive an additional primary dose of the vaccine 28 days after their second shot of the Pfizer vaccine.

To schedule a booster dose for those 12 and older visit vaccinate.oklahoma.gov.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) protects and improves public health through its system of local health services and strategies focused on preventing disease. OSDH provides technical support and guidance to 68 county health departments in Oklahoma, as well as guidance and consultation to the two independent city-county health departments in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Learn more at Oklahoma.gov/health.

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