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All school-aged children can benefit from additional protection against COVID-19

With bivalent COVID-19 boosters now available for elementary school-aged children, health and school officials are encouraging vaccination to avoid another winter surge.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded eligibility last week for new bivalent booster to include children from the age of 5, after having done so widely available August 31 for ages 12 and up.

The updated booster for children ages 5 to 11 is already being administered at city-run pediatricians’ offices, pharmacies and vaccination sites, city health commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Tuesday morning. , noting that shipments were continuing. .

About 93,685 Chicago students are eligible for an updated recall, Arwady said.

“You should get it now,” Arwady said. “You shouldn’t wait for a possible surge in November or December.”

Chicago Public Schools Vaccination Sites will offer the updated vaccine later this week. The district will alert families when the dual booster becomes available for ages 5 to 11.

There are weekend vaccination clinics at Chicago City Colleges and vaccine events at elementary and high schools. Still, school-age kids stay in Chicago less vaccinated band.

By the end of August, about 60% of Chicagoans ages 5 to 17 had completed the primary vaccine series, but only about 16% had received a booster. Among 12- to 17-year-olds, only 5,513 had received the updated reminder as of Oct. 12, according to city data.

Chicago students returned to schools with fewer COVID precautions in place two months ago. Since, new variants have appeared. District chiefs and health officials are urging parents to get their students vaccinated to prevent serious illness and hospitalizations ahead of a winter surge.

Here are some things to know about the booster.

What is the bivalent booster?

Because COVID-19 has mutated several times since the first vaccines were developed, vaccinated people may not be as protected as they were initially. The new bivalent COVID-19 boosters include components of the original virus and omicron strains and thus protect against the most transmissible omicron variants. The old boosters are not available.

As with the original vaccine, children under 12 receive small doses reminder that what is offered to teenagers and adults. But it is a unique shot for all age groups.

Who is eligible?

Anyone 5 years of age or older can receive a booster. The Pfizer vaccine can be given to children 5 to 11 years old and the Moderna booster can be given to children 6 to 17 years old.

Children who have completed the first round of vaccinations are eligible for a booster if they are two months after their second injection or their last booster.

Where can I go to have my child vaccinated?

Officials said booster doses are being distributed at pediatricians’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, clinics run by the health department and schools.

Chicago Public Schools is continuing vaccinations at four regional centers: Michele Clark Magnet High School on the city’s West Side; Richards High School and Chicago Vocational on the south side of town; and Roosevelt High School on the northwest side of town. Appointments can be found here.

The district hosts vaccination clinics across the city. To make an appointment or consult the schedule, click here.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) also holds vaccination clinics at City Colleges in Chicago. Registration is recommended. Places and time can be found here.

The CDPH also runs aldermen vaccination clinics throughout the city. Locations can be found under City College Vaccination Sites here.

Pharmacies including SVC and Walgreens manage their own registration, but appointments may be limited.

Mauricio Peña is a reporter for Chalkbeat Chicago, covering K-12 schools. Contact Mauricio at [email protected]

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