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Updates to Pfizer COVID 19 Vaccine Guidance

Posted 01/06/22

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The Health Department has received final approvals for the updates to the COVID 19 Pfizer Vaccine in accordance to recommendations by the FDA and CDC.

 

Here are the changes:

Children 5 – 11 years who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive an additional primary dose 28 days after their second dose.  Only Pfizer is approved for those 5 – 11 years of age.

Children are considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised if they have:

·       Been receiving active cancer treatment

·       Received an organ transplant and taking medication to suppress the immune system.

·       Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or taking medicine to suppress the immune system.

·       Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency

·       Active or untreated HIV infection

·       Active treatment with high dose corticosteroids or other drug that may suppress the immune system.

All adolescents 12 – 17 years are eligible to and should receive a booster dose 5 months after completing their primary series of the Pfizer vaccine.

Those who have received Pfizer for their initial series can now receive their booster dose beginning at 5 months instead of 6 months.  The booster interval for those who had received Moderna or J&J/Janssen has not changed.