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Can minors get a COVID-19 booster?

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CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including all primary series doses and boosters for their age group:

  • People ages 6 months through 4 years should get all COVID-19 primary series doses.
  • People ages 5 years and older should receive one updated (bivalent) mRNA booster if it has been at least two months since their last COVID-19 dose, whether that was their final primary series dose or an original (monovalent) booster dose.
    • People who have gotten more than one original (monovalent) booster are also recommended to get an updated (bivalent) booster.
  • Note: Children age 5 years can only get the Pfizer bivalent booster and children 6+ can get either a Pfizer or Moderna bivalent booster.

Minors ages 6 months – 4 years are not eligible for a COVID-19 booster at this time.

For more information on COVID-19 Vaccine Booster, visit: COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters | CDC

People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters. Children and teens ages 5 through 17 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised will need a third dose to complete their primary series, as well as boosters.

Boosters & Third Doses Children & Teens