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Booster shots open to children ages 5-11

The state Department of Health is recommending COVID-19 booster shots for children ages 5 to 11 following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char said booster shots for children are “especially important at a time when COVID-19 case counts are increasing across the state.”

The department is encouraging that children receive the booster shot five months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination.

On Thursday, the CDC also strengthened its second booster recommendation for people ages 50 and older and those ages 12 and older who are immunocompromised. While people in these populations have been eligible for a second booster dose, the CDC is now saying they should receive a second booster dose at least four months after their first booster, the department said.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination and testing options, visit hawaiicovid19.com.

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