Anyone 12+ Is Now Eligible For COVID Vaccine Booster Shots. LA County Says Come On Down
With the CDC giving the green light for boosters for 12 to 15 year-olds, L.A. County-run vaccination sites will start giving the Pfizer shot to kids in that group Thursday, Jan. 6.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky approved the recommendation to go ahead with those boosters late Wednesday.
She said, in a statement, that it's "critical" to protect children and teens from COVID-19.
It's been a big week for those who got Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA and CDC shortened the amount of time between a second dose and the booster. You used to have to wait six months, now, that period is five months.
They also added immunocompromised 5 to 11-year-olds to the list of those eligible for an additional Pfizer dose.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials say they do not anticipate supply or logistical problems with all this expanded booster eligibility. And emphasized there's good evidence that it provides better protection against omicron.
If you've got questions about boosters and how to get them, we've got answers! Just go to our Booster Guide.
LAist staff contributed to this report