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Pfizer booster shot now available for kids ages 12 to 15

Pfizer booster shot now available for kids ages 12 to 15
As more data and research provides deeper information about the mutating COVID-19 virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to update recommendations to provide the most protection for the public. Following the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization of the use of a Pfizer-BioNTech booster in adolescents 12 to 15 earlier this week, the CDC gave its aligning recommendation that those in this age group should get this additional dose.
 
Carle continues to support CDC recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine and will offer appointments for booster doses in this age group at vaccine clinics and in Primary Care offices across the region.
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“We continue to see most patients in need of hospitalization and higher levels of care are unvaccinated and that remains true for this age group as well,” Robert Healy, MD, chief Quality officer said. “It’s important for everyone to take every precaution available to them to be most protected against the virus. Getting a booster dose will offer greater protection for those ages 12 to 15.”
 
As part of the resolution from the CDC, they support the FDA’s recommendation to shorten the time between the completion of the vaccine primary series and a booster dose to five months not only for adolescents, but also for adults. This will offer greater chances to limit infection and severity of disease.
 
“The omicron variant is proving to be highly transmissible and is infecting more people in our region than ever before,” Dr. Healy said. “There’s no better moment for adolescents and their families to get vaccinated and get the extra protection a booster offers.”    
 
Carle will have booster appointments available at its community sites and through Primary Care offices across the region. Anyone can sign up through MyCarle, Carle.org or through their local hotline number. 
 
The region and nation are experiencing high levels of infection and hospitalization during the current surge. This is impacting the Carle healthcare system and putting a strain on healthcare workers and resources to help those most at risk.
 
Vaccination continues to be the most effective and safe way to reduce infection and severity of disease. Carle and the CDC recommends that everyone 5 years and older receive a vaccine and those 12 and older receive a booster dose when they are eligible.
 
Visit carle.org for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and resources near you.

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