CDC and FDA Expand Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Recommendations to 16- and 17-year-olds

(Salt Lake City, UT) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today authorized the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 booster doses for everyone 16 and older.

Anyone 16 or older who received their Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months ago, is eligible for a booster dose.

“It is wonderful news that everyone 16 and older can now get a booster. Almost 500,000 Utah residents have already gotten their booster dose and now we can protect even more people,” said Dr. Leisha Nolen, state epidemiologist at the Utah Department of Health. “Booster doses give an extra layer of protection against COVID-19. As we move into the winter months, we encourage everyone who is eligible to get a booster dose to go get their shot so that they can have a safe holiday season. If you’re someone who hasn’t gotten a COVID-19 vaccine yet, please get one now.”

At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 16 and 17. 

The Utah Department of Health recommends all providers begin immediately offering Pfizer booster doses to those who are 16 and older. 
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