The Camden County Health Hub will now administer Pfizer booster shots to children ages 16 and 17 after the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized this age group to receive an additional dose.
“This development is key in our fight against COVID-19,” Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said. “Getting a booster shot just adds another layer of protection and with cases on the rise and the uncertainty of the Omicron variant, we need to do to make sure we are using the best tool science has to offer to stay safe and healthy.”
Everyone 18 and older has been eligible for booster shots since Nov. 19 regardless of prior health qualifiers. Adults can receive a booster six months after getting a second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after a Johnson & Johnson shot.
Pfizer is the only booster shot authorized for the new age bracket while Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines remain authorized only for adults.
“We know that COVID-19 does not only impact adults, we’ve seen children and teenagers get sick as well,” Cappelli said. “So, it’s crucial that our young residents have all the protection they can possibly get when it comes to this virus. Parents, if your child is eligible for a booster please take them to get it. Boosters are safe, effective and readily available at the Health Hub.”
The Camden County Health Hub offers first and second doses and booster shots on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can make an appointment by visiting www.CamdenCountyVaccine.com.