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CDC Expands COVID Booster to Ages 5+

On May 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strengthened their recommendation and expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 booster to everyone 5 years and older.

Additionally, the following people should receive a second COVID-19 booster dose:

  • People ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
  • People ages 50 years and older

As a reminder, COVID-19 vaccines are available to you at no cost, including booster shots. Many retail pharmacies are offering vaccines and boosters, including Walgreens, Fry’s Pharmacy, CVS, Costco, Walmart, Safeway, and Albertsons. To find an appointment near you, please visit the Vaccine Registration page or call 1-844-542-8201.

Who’s eligible for booster shots?

  • People ages 5–17 years: Should receive 1 booster dose at least 5 months after the second primary series dose, for a total of 3 doses. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine approved for children 5 and older.
  • People ages 18–49 years: Should receive 1 booster dose at least 5 months after the second primary series dose, for a total of 3 doses.
  • People ages 50 years and older: Should receive 2 booster doses. The first should be administered at least 5 months after completion of the primary series and the second at least 4 months after the first booster dose, for a total of 4 doses.

The CDC has created two recommended vaccine schedules for those who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised and those who are immunocompromised.

Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect individuals from COVID-19 and its variants. All FDA-approved or authorized vaccines are expected to be effective against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths. The CDC continues to recommend that all eligible adults, adolescents, and children 5 and older be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes getting an initial booster when eligible.

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This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual's physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual's particular health plan.