Austin Public Health Expands COVID Vaccines for Children

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Austin Public Health is expanding COVID-19 booster dose eligibility following federal authorization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends boosters for everyone 5 and older. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is the only option currently authorized for children.

The CDC recommends booster doses for 5- to 11-year-olds five months after completing their primary vaccine series.

“Expanding access to boosters to more age groups is critical in our fight against COVID-19 and its variants,” said Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County Health Authority. “This booster will give children the protection they need and will help keep them out of the hospital.”

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster for 5- to 11-year-olds is available at APH’s Old Sims Elementary vaccine clinic, as well as both Shots for Tots clinics.

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