Jefferson County, Colo. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now approved COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for children aged 12-15. This announcement, made Jan. 5, 2022, comes following the Dec. 9 recommendation that adolescents ages 16 and 17 receive a booster dose. Now, COVID-19 booster doses are available for all people in our community ages 12 and up. COVID-19 vaccination — including boosters — remains the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.
In addition to extending the age range eligible for booster doses, CDC also has shortened the time frame in which individuals must wait after finishing their initial vaccine series from 6 to 5 months. This means the booster is now available to individuals 5 months after completing their primary Pfizer vaccine series. In addition, CDC has updated the recommended time frame for the Moderna vaccine from 6 to 5 months. The time recommendations for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (2 months) has not changed.
“The bottom line is this — vaccination works, and vaccines + boosters work even better,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director at Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). “This announcement from the CDC could not have come at a better time. As our community is nearing the peak of infections from the omicron variant, we all needed a little hope — and a lot of science — to help us get through. That hope has come in the form of expanded booster eligibility.”
In its announcement, CDC also updated its recommendation to approve third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for moderately or severely immunocompromised 5 to 11-year-olds. Children who fall into this category are eligible to receive this third dose 28 days after receiving their second.
Guide to who should get an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine:
You (or your child) should get another dose if you:
· Are 12 or older and received your second dose of Pfizer at least five months ago.
· Are 18 or older and received your second dose of Moderna at least six months ago.
If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you should get a dose of either Pfizer or Moderna two months or more after you first got vaccinated.
If you are immunocompromised and got three doses of Pfizer, you should get a fourth dose five months after your third. If you are immunocompromised and got three doses of Moderna, you should get a fourth dose six months after your third dose.
Anyone age 12 or older who is due for a third dose should make a plan to get one. JCPH encourages you to speak with your health care provider if you have questions.
There are many COVID-19 vaccination sites in Jeffco where residents can go to receive their vaccine — including both their initial series and their booster. All sites offer COVID-19 vaccines for free and no ID or insurance is required. For a complete list of COVID-19 vaccine locations across the county, including what ages they serve, visit www.jeffco.us/vaccinesignup.
To learn more about COVID-19 booster doses, please visit the CDC’s or CDPHE’s webpages.
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.