Vermont kids aged 12 to 15 can now get the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot following national approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.
Registration is open for the age group as of Jan. 6, according to the Vermont Health Department.
People aged 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer booster if five months have passed since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose. That period between doses was six months until this week when the CDC approved reducing the period to five months, according to the Vermont Health Department.
Vermont and national health officials have said that having both the original vaccination and booster provides the greatest amount of protection against hospitalization and death from the virus, including new variants that continue emerging. The CDC’s booster approval for kids aged 12 to 15 comes during a surge in positive case counts due to the highly contagious omicron variant.
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The Health Department’s website states that people who are sick with COVID-19 should wait until they recover before getting the vaccine or booster.
Vermonters can sign up for booster appointments either through the state or pharmacies. Parents must accompany their children aged 12 to 17 to vaccine appointments in some cases to provide consent, including if the child is being vaccinated at Walgreens, the Health Department’s website states.
To sign up for the booster through the state’s website, visit healthvermont.gov/myvaccine or call 855-722-7878. Participating pharmacies — Costco, CVS, Greater Falls Pharmacy, Hannaford, Kinney Drugs, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaws, Walgreens and Walmart — have information about locations and vaccine registration available on their individual websites.
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