Covid-19 Booster Shots Now Available for 12-15 Year Olds in New Jersey
The Pfizer Covid-19 booster shot is now available for children ages 12-15. The CDC is recommending everyone age 12 and older get a booster shot sooner, at five months after the two-dose series instead of the six months previously recommended.
Studies have shown that the vaccination's protection against the virus and new variants may decrease over time. The booster shot help increase immunity and protection against variants.
NJ, along with most of the US, is currently seeing a surge of Covid-19 infections due to the Omicron variant that has driven infection rates to peak levels seen in the Spring of 2020. Hospitalization rates are also high, and driving the State's continued mitigation efforts to slow the spread. The CDC and health officials credit the vaccinations for the reduced time spent in hospitals and the lower death rates than past peaks as well as milder sickness in vaccinated individuals.
Booster shots are available to everyone 12 and older based on which vaccination they received, two months after the first one-dose J&J shot or five months after the last Pfizer or Moderna shot.
To see a list of vaccination locations visit the NJ Covid Information Hub here.
To learn more about boosters, click here.