LDH: 16 and 17-year-olds in Louisiana can now get Pfizer vaccine booster shots

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Dr. Manjul Shukla transfers Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at a mobile vaccination clinic in Worcester, Mass. Pfizer said Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, that a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine may protect against the new omicron variant even though the initial two doses appear significantly less effective. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Pfizer vaccine booster shots are “now available for 16 and 17-year-olds in Louisiana,” according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

LDH is following CDC guidance and it is important to note that the booster shot can only be taken six months after the completion of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine series.

On Dec. 9, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, “Today, the CDC is strengthening its booster recommendations and encouraging everyone 16 and older to receive a booster shot. Although we don’t have all the answers on the Omicron variant, initial data suggests that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen the protection against Omicron and other variants. We know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and I strongly encourage adolescents ages 16 and 17 to get their booster if they are at least 6 months post their initial Pfizer vaccination series.”

This recommendation goes into effect immediately.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please call 1-855-453-0774 or go to Louisiana Covid-19 vaccine.

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