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SHELBY COUNTY, TN – Shelby County Health Department is now providing the recently-approved bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines to children as young as 5 years old, if they meet the qualifications for a booster dose.
The vaccinations are available at no cost at the following locations on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.:
The updated booster vaccine can only be given to children who have, at a minimum, completed the initial two dose series of either Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago. The new Moderna booster is authorized for children aged 6 to 17 years old, as well as adults. The Pfizer booster is authorized for children aged 5 to 11 years old and adults. Currently SCHD is providing only the Pfizer bivalent booster for children but expects to offer the Moderna booster as well in the coming weeks.
Both new vaccines trigger immune responses to both the original COVID-19 virus and to the newer Omicron variants currently circulating. Shelby County Health Department Director Dr. Michelle Taylor recommends the new booster for all children who qualify. She said, “I brought my children to the Health Department last week to receive their new boosters. Now that they are back in school, and with the holidays approaching, I want them to have the extra protection the boosters can provide.”
In addition to the Health Department, COVID-19 vaccinations are also free and widely available at pharmacies and other vaccination sites all over Shelby County. Go to https://www.vaccines.gov/ and enter your zip code to find vaccination sites near you.
For more information about the Health Department’s COVID-19 response, please visit Shelby.community.