Local health department now offers Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 boosters for children ages 5-11

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Social Services began giving Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 boosters to children ages 5 to 11 on Saturday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their vaccine recommendations to include this age group last week. This happened after the FDA cleared the Pfizer bivalent booster for children ages 5 to 11 and the Moderna booster for children and teens ages 6 to 17.

Trina Teacutter, nursing supervisor for the health department, said the bivalent booster should be given to children who received their primary COVID-19 vaccines or previous booster shots at least two months ago.

The bivalent booster protects people against the original strain of COVID-19 and the now-dominant omicron variant of the disease.

“It’s not just about protecting your child, it’s about protecting your child’s teacher or, you know, the grandparents who are going to come and visit you on the holidays.”

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“It’s not just about protecting your child, it’s about protecting your child’s teacher or, you know, the grandparents who are going to come and visit you on the holidays,” Teacutter said. “Children may not fare badly when they catch the disease, but they can transmit very well.”

She said vaccines will be available for children ages 5 and up at all upcoming vaccination events. She added that flu shots and COVID-19 boosters can be given at the same visit.

“We expect the flu season to be quite significant this year,” Teacutter said. “COVID is similar. We think we’re going to see an increase, again, because people are less likely to mask up now. We are more likely to come together.

Teacutter said the Department of Health will have more bivalent booster clinics in the coming weeks, and another comfort clinic for children will be held in November.

You can check available appointments at https://www.como.gov/covidvaccine/.

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