Long Beach, California – Everyone aged 5 and older will be eligible to get the bivalent COVID-19 booster starting on Wednesday, October 19, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services said.
The Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer bivalent booster was changed on October 12 by the Food and Drug Administration to cover children between the ages of 5 and 11, and the EUA for the Moderna bivalent booster was revised to include people between the ages of 6 and 17.
After this, approvals came in on October 12 from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as on October 13 from the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. The bivalent boosters, which are often referred to as updated boosters, provide enhanced protection against the omicron form that has been prevalent since last year.
“Vaccines and boosters are effective in both mitigating the spread of COVID-19 as well as protecting against severe illness and hospitalization. These updated boosters will now be offered to those ages 5 and older, providing more protection to younger residents. We strongly encourage our community to protect their children by getting them vaccinated and boosted when eligible,” Mayor Robert Garcia said.
For any minor to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, parental permission is required first and foremost. The consent form may be found on the website.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, go to longbeach.gov/COVID19.