With COVID numbers on the rise across New York State once again, health officials here in Erie County have announced their next move to combat the virus.

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The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has announced that they will be offering COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to all eligible children in the county.  Children between the ages of 5 and 11, will be able to get their booster dose starting this Friday, May 27th at county-run clinics.

For a full schedule of the county-run clinics, you can CLICK HERE.

A few reminders; 

- Appointments are highly recommended

- Walk-ins will be accepted.

-  Individuals under the age of 18 years old must have a parent/legal guardian give consent

- Be sure to bring your Vaccination Record Card with you to the vaccination site.

Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said via a press release:

You can think of COVID-19 vaccines as working like a battery...The initial series give you protection against illness, but its protection can fade over time, much like a phone battery’s charge...Booster doses do exactly that – boosting your immunity, adding to your body’s ability to fight off infection.

Children who are between the ages of 5 and 11 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose.  They must wait at least 5 months after completing their two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for a booster dose for children who fall in this age range earlier this month.

For more detailed information on eligibility requirements for children in the 5 to 11 age range, you can visit the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) website by CLICKING HERE.

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