• Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

Cincinnati Children’s provides free COVID vaccine boosters to kids 12 or older

By Barrett J. Brunsman

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has begun providing free Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine boosters to kids 12 or older as well as some younger children who are immunocompromised. The medical center strongly recommends such boosters.

The Pfizer-BioNTech booster is available at Cincinnati Children’s vaccine clinics for anyone 12 or older who completed a two-dose series of Pfizer at least five months ago. Cincinnati Children’s encourages anyone with a child in this most vulnerable population to receive the vaccine as soon as eligible after completion of the initial series.

“We have an incredible opportunity to boost immunity across our community,” said Susan Wade- Murphy, RN, assistant vice president for Patient Services, who oversees COVID vaccination clinics at Cincinnati Children’s. “Our clinics are ready to vaccinate.

Appointments are available at all sites, and walk-ins are welcome during specified times at our main campus in Avondale. Please check the Cincinnati Children’s website for details.”

To make an appointment to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine, click here: https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/patients/coronavirus-information/vaccines/schedule

A vaccine clinic at the Avondale campus of Cincinnati Children’s includes walk-in hours Wednesdays (4:30 to 6 p.m.). The clinic is geared to kids ages 5 or older, but adults may also receive the Pfizer- BioNTech COVID vaccine at no charge.

“As Omicron spreads rapidly across our region and kids return to school and ancillary activities, the time to vaccinate is now,” Wade-Murphy said. “Evidence demonstrates the value of COVID vaccination in all populations – against both the Delta and Omicron variants. We gave thousands of Pfizer vaccines to the 12-15 age group in the summer of 2021. These youths are now booster eligible if it has been five months since their last COVID vaccine.”

Cincinnati Children’s encourages getting a booster even if you recently had COVID, but only if you are feeling well. You should wait at least 10 days after a positive test.

Clinical trials at Cincinnati Children’s demonstrated that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective. In addition, moderately or severely immunocompromised 5- to 11-year-olds may receive an additional primary dose of the Pfizer vaccine 28 days after their second shot. Cincinnati

Only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for kids 5-11, and Cincinnati Children’s has expanded availability of booster shots following federal approval Jan. 5.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults or children eligible for a third dose or a booster get one as soon as possible to guard against COVID.