The CDC now recommends a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11. They can receive a booster if it’s been at least five months since they completed the primary vaccination series. The booster is shown to raise antibody levels in this age group, keeping them and the people around them protected from COVID. Like the primary vaccine series, the COVID booster is safe and effective. Talk to your child’s doctor if you have questions.
Stay up to date with the vaccine
We are seeing an increase of COVID-19 across the state right now as well as an increase in the number of people who are being hospitalized. Given trends in other areas of the country, we expect to see sustained increases over the coming weeks.
This is a good reminder that if you aren’t up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, including getting a booster dose, now is the time to do so. The vaccines provide protection from COVID-19 and can protect you from serious illness and the inconveniences of missed work and other activities.
Everyone 5 and older is now eligible to receive a booster dose of the COVID vaccine.
Research from CDC shows that a booster shot dramatically reduces your risk for severe illness from COVID, especially if you’re at high-risk for serious disease. In fact, data shows that the booster dose is actually more effective at reducing risk in vulnerable people than in average, healthy people.
And, a booster dose could save your life. CDC says “Protection against infection and death during the Delta-predominant period and against infection during the Omicron emergence were higher among booster vaccine dose recipients…”
If you’re 50 or older or are at risk for severe illness from COVID, get a 2nd booster at the appropriate time. Talk to your doctor if you have questions or need help deciding when it’s best to get a 2nd booster dose.