COVID-19 Booster Being Offered To Eligible Children In Erie County
With COVID numbers on the rise across New York State once again, health officials here in Erie County have announced their next move to combat the virus.
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has announced that they will be offering COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to all eligible children in the county. Children between the ages of 5 and 11, will be able to get their booster dose starting this Friday, May 27th at county-run clinics.
For a full schedule of the county-run clinics, you can CLICK HERE.
A few reminders;
- Appointments are highly recommended
- Walk-ins will be accepted.
- Individuals under the age of 18 years old must have a parent/legal guardian give consent
- Be sure to bring your Vaccination Record Card with you to the vaccination site.
Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said via a press release:
You can think of COVID-19 vaccines as working like a battery...The initial series give you protection against illness, but its protection can fade over time, much like a phone battery’s charge...Booster doses do exactly that – boosting your immunity, adding to your body’s ability to fight off infection.
Children who are between the ages of 5 and 11 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose. They must wait at least 5 months after completing their two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series.
The Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for a booster dose for children who fall in this age range earlier this month.
For more detailed information on eligibility requirements for children in the 5 to 11 age range, you can visit the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) website by CLICKING HERE.