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The CDC endorses and recommends boosters of the COVID-19 vaccine for children and teens ages 12 to 15. The expansion in eligible ages means greater protection for a larger portion of the population. 

The vaccine updates also include a reduction in the time between shots. Patients ages 12 to 17 now only need to wait five months after their second vaccine dose to receive a booster. Only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series received approval for this age group.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended the vaccine expansion based on data demonstrating the vaccine’s safety for patients and effectiveness against variants, like Omicron. 

As children return to school after winter break and the number of positive COVID-19 cases increase, vaccines and boosters for children and teens provide an essential barrier to the virus. 

Emergent vaccine clinics now offer COVID-19 boosters for patients age 12 and over that meet the timeframe requirements. Contact us to schedule an appointment or to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, testing, or treatments. 

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