COVID-19 boosters authorized for kids 16 and 17 years old; now available for most people ages 16 and older

On Thursday, December 9, the FDA and CDC expanded their booster recommendations to urge all people 16 and older who are more than six months past their last dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine get a booster shot.

This means most 16-and-17-year-olds on the YK Delta are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot. YKHC will offer boosters for this age group starting Tuesday, December 14.  Boosters are also recommended for adults 18 and older who are more than six months past their last dose of Moderna or more than two months past their Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

People who have gotten a booster have stronger protection against the virus, according to a growing number of studies and real-world evidence. With the omicron variant looming, experts advise all eligible people to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. 

“While there’s still a lot we don’t know about omicron, there is compelling data indicating that booster shots give people more protection against this new variant,” said YKHC’s Director of Infection Control Dr. Elizabeth Bates. “COVID-19 vaccines are the most powerful tool we have to fight this virus. We know the COVID-19 vaccine saves lives and helps prevent serious illness. Getting vaccinated and boosted as soon as you are eligible will help protect you, your loved ones and our community.”

To sign up children ages 16 or 17 for the booster, parents can complete the form at https://tinyurl.com/8kb9vth, or call your local clinic. In Bethel, call 543-6949. 

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Aniak     675-4556
Emmonak     949-3500 
Hooper Bay     758-3500
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