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DOH: Keiki ages 5-11 eligible for COVID-19 boosters

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Department of Health is adopting guidance from the U.S. Centers for Diease Control and Prevention recommending boosters for children ages 5 through 11 and strengthening booster recommendations for others.

Children ages 5 through 11 are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 booster shot five months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination.

“It’s exciting that children 5 to 11 years of age can now get added protection from a booster shot. This is especially important at a time when COVID-19 case counts are increasing across the state,” DOH Director Dr. Elizabeth Char said in a release.

The CDC on Thursday strengthened its second booster recommendation for people 50 and older and those 12 and older who are immunocompromised.

People in those populations have been eligible for a second booster dose, but the CDC now says they should receive a second booster dose at least four months after their first booster.

COVID-19 vaccination and testing options are available at hawaiicovid19.com.
Source: The Garden Island

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