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The Mecklenburg County health department will begin offering Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster to children ages 5 to 11, beginning Monday, May 23.
Mecklenburg County Public Health announced the boosters will be available to kids five months after their most recent vaccine dose. The Pfizer booster is currently the only brand available to children.
“The booster for children 5 to11 years old comes at an opportune time,” said Paige Bennett, deputy director for Mecklenburg County Public Health, said. “The booster provides a significant increase in protection against serious illness, hospitalization, death and long-term complications from COVID-19 ahead of summer activities like vacations, camps and play dates.”
Pediatric COVID-19 boosters will be available at both health department locations on Billingsley Road and Beatties Ford Road. All COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are free, regardless of insurance status.
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