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. 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. 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.
Dr. Dawn Comstock
Jefferson County Public Health