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COVID-19 COVID vaccinations for children ages 5-11
Jan. 18, 2022

The CDC recommends that everyone ages 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone ages 12 years and older also receive a booster.

TCCH is offering vaccines to Indian River County school-aged children ages 5 – 17 by appointment only. Appointments are required in order to avoid wasting vaccines.

Parents/guardians can call TCCH at 772-257-8224 ext. 1123. Tell us your child’s name, date of birth and a reliable phone number.

TCCH welcomes those with and without insurance.

Additional Dose vs. Booster Shot

Why experts recommend booster shots and additional doses

COVID-19 vaccines continue to work well to prevent severe illness and death. Together, vaccines and booster shots provide the best protection against coronavirus variants.

Data shows that booster shots and additional doses can help people stay fully protected:

A booster shot can help you stay fully protected over time. Data shows that protection against milder illness lessens over time. This is especially true for certain groups of people. The CDC recommends that everyone who is at least 12 years old should get a booster shot. Not all VA health facilities offer vaccines to youth under age 18.

Some people need an additional doses to get full protection. Certain groups of people may not have had a strong enough immune response from the first doses.

Those eligible for 2 boosters include:
- Adults age 50 years and older
- People ages 12 and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
- People who got 2 doses (1 primary and 1 booster) of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine

Note: Scientists are still studying how strong protection from the current COVID-19 vaccines will be against the new Omicron variant. But the vaccines offer strong protection against other variants. If science finds there’s a variant different enough that a current vaccine won't protect against it, you may need to get an updated vaccine. That shouldn’t prevent you from getting a booster now.

When to get your booster shot
If you got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: At least 5 months after you completed your primary vaccine series
If you got the Moderna vaccine: At least 5 months after you completed your primary vaccine series
If you got the Janssen (J&J) vaccine: At least 2 months after you got your primary vaccine

An Additional dose is different from a Booster.

Additional dose: Additional COVID-19 vaccine for severely immunocompromised people who do not build enough protection from the first two vaccinations.
Booster: COVID-19 vaccine for people who had a normal response and built enough protection after vaccination.