Bivalent pediatric amplifiers

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10/12/2022

Public Health Commissioner Dr Manisha Juthani issues statement on updated COVID-19 reminders for children aged 5 and up

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2022

CONTACT: Chris Boyle, Director of Communications

(860) 706-9654 – [email protected]

HARTFORD, Connecticut—Wednesday, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved Emergency Use Authorization issued by the Food and Drug Administration for the updated bivalent COVID-19 booster for children as young as 5 years old.

The EU includes the The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children 5-11 years old, and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children 6-17 years old. As with the updated boosters that were made available in early September, these vaccines should be given at least two months after the primary or booster vaccination.

These updated boosters may be available from vendors now, depending on the manufacturer. The Connecticut Department of Public Health has already provided updated recall guidance and ordering information to providers, including pediatricians’ offices, hospitals/health networks, and pharmacies.

The timing of these approved updated boosters couldn’t be better. Respiratory viruses circulate during the colder months and with people spending more time indoors, now is the time to receive an extra level of protection that targets these variants and prevents the transmission of this virus.

These updated COVID-19 vaccines provide an immune response that protects against BA.4 and BA.5 omicron variants. I encourage parents to consider getting an updated reminder for their eligible children. Parents have many options for where to get a COVID-19 vaccine for their children, including:

  • Pediatric practices: Pediatricians will administer COVID-19 vaccines throughout Connecticut. However, not all pediatricians will have the COVID-19 vaccine, so if your child’s provider does not offer the updated COVID-19 reminder, please refer to one of the other options provided.
  • Pharmacies: There will be hundreds of pharmacies offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children. Pharmacies provide a safe, convenient and easy place to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, pharmacies provided special training to their pharmacist staff to administer vaccines to young children.
  • Other locations: In addition to the above, several health systems and local health departments will offer updated COVID-19 reminders for children.
  • DPH Yellow Van Clinics:DPH runs mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics through its Yellow Vans program. Updated clinic schedule is available here or by visiting ct.gov/coronavirus.
  • Residents are also encouraged to visit vaccines.gov to find a convenient location for the updated booster.

Our state has a full set of effective tools to fight COVID-19 — including vaccines and boostersmasking as needed Test to Treat, Therapeutic Locations, self-tests and state-backed testing — and we encourage residents to use these tools to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the severity of illness.

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