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COVID-19 booster and vaccine information for children

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WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) - The Centers for Disease Control has approved the COVID-19 booster for all adults, and the vaccine itself for anyone over five-years-old. There are a few things you need to know before you move forward with vaccinations.

In Indiana, click on this link

In Illinois, click on this link

The vaccine for younger children

A low-dose Pfizer vaccine was approved for children ages five to 11. 

You can make an appointment for your young child to receive the vaccine by calling 2-1-1 or clicking on this link in Indiana. 

“Having a COVID-19 vaccine available to our younger Hoosiers is a game changer in terms of our efforts to keep children healthy and in school for in-person learning,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine if they are exposed but have no symptoms, so I encourage parents to get their children vaccinated if they are eligible.”

How is the vaccine different for kids?

Kids five to 11 will receive a lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine than adults receive. Children receive one-third of the adult dose using smaller needles, designed specifically for children.

Learn more from the CDC here. 

How about a booster shot?

The CDC approved the booster shot for all adults. But what do you need to know before you go? Below you'll find information from the CDC. 

People who received the Pfizer or Moderna shot

You should get a booster if you are:

You may get a booster if you are:

  • Ages 18 years and older

When to get a booster:

At least 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series

Which booster should you get?

Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States

People who received the Johnson & Johnson shot

You should get a booster if you are:

When to get a booster:

At least 2 months after your shot.

Which booster should you get?

Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States can be used for the booster dose.

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