On Jan. 6, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup joined the CDC in recommending new guidelines for the Pfizer vaccine.
The new guidance, which takes effect in Oregon immediately, is as follows:
- Children ages 12-15 can now get a Pfizer booster at least five months after their second dose.
- The wait time for a booster dose has been shortened to at least five months after receiving the initial series of Pfizer vaccine.
- Immunocompromised children ages 5-11 can now receive a third primary series dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
“Vaccines and boosters are critical tools in our fight against COVID-19, Omicron, and future variants. With today’s review by leading doctors, pediatricians, and health experts, Oregon youth, parents, and families can be confident in the safety and effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech booster doses,” Governor Kate Brown said in a statement.
It’s more important than ever to get boosted. It’s vital in protecting you against severe cases of COVID-19, especially with the Omicron variant spreading so quickly. With just the primary series of vaccines, you’re only 35% protected from Omicron. With a booster, that protection level jumps up to 75%. Boosters take only two to three days to strengthen your immune response.
Where to get a COVID-19 booster
- If you have a doctor, ask them first.
- You can also visit any of these free high-volume vaccination sites around Oregon, all of which offer the pediatric Pfizer vaccine.
- You can Text ORCOVID to 898211 (English and Spanish) or email ORCOVID@211info.org.
- Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155, toll-free, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including holidays.
- Or you can use the vaccine locator tool on OHA’s website.