LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) endorsed the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for kids 16 and 17-years-old this week.
The Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to the vaccine booster yesterday.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging eligible Michiganders to receive their booster shot.
Vaccines are the way out of the pandemic, and now we can continue to protect ourselves further from COVID-19, which continues to surge in our state. Keeping our children safe includes getting them vaccinated and boosted, and this in turn will help alleviate burdens on our health care system to help avoid our children needing emergent care. We urge all Michiganders ages 5 and up to get vaccinated, and Michiganders age 16 and up receive their booster as soon as they’re eligible after their primary doses.”Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive
The COVID-19 Pfizer booster dose may be given with other vaccines at the same time, including the flu vaccine.
The MDHHS also is urging Michiganders with compromised immune systems to receive a second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose.
To date, more than 6.1 million Michiganders aged 5 and up have gotten at least their first dose of the vaccine.