Mayo Clinic begins offering COVID-19 boosters for 16 and 17 year olds on Tuesday – Community News

Mayo Clinic begins offering COVID-19 boosters for 16 and 17 year olds on Tuesday

LA CROSSE, Erase. (WEAU) — Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be made available later this week from Mayo Clinic Health Systems for some children.

Mayo Clinic said it will begin providing booster COVID-19 doses to 16- and 17-year-olds from Tuesday, December 14.

dr. Robert Jacobson, president of Mayo Clinic’s Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, strongly recommended the booster doses for the newly eligible age group.

“The booster dose for those 16 to 17 years old will further protect our 16- and 17-year-olds from COVID-19 infection and, as a result, protect their families, friends, classmates and teachers,” said Dr. Jacobson. “We all need to do our part to end this pandemic and protect ourselves and our loved ones.”

Mayo Clinic said in a release it supports COVID-19 vaccination, citing data and science in advancing vaccine delivery. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended their recommendation for a booster vaccine against COVID-19 to 16- and 17-year-olds.

16- and 17-year-olds who have been at least six months since receiving their second dose of Pfizer vaccine with Mayo Clinic will be contacted by Mayo Clinic and appointments can be made by phone or through their online patient portal. However, the Mayo Clinic said it won’t begin scheduling vaccine-boosting appointments until Tuesday.

Only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children ages 16 to 17. For more information on COVID-19 vaccine boosters, visit the CDC website.

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