NJDOH Encourages Recently Approved Pfizer Booster For 16- And 17-Year-Olds

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

SOUTH JERSEY – As New Jersey approaches the one year anniversary of administering the first COVID-19 vaccination in the state, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith M. Persichilli said, in a prepared statement, that the expansion of the Pfizer booster for 16- and 17-year-olds will help keep families safe, especially during the holiday season.

“The expansion of Pfizer booster doses to include 16- and 17-year-olds…offers needed protections against COVID-19 and its variants, particularly as we continue a busy holiday and traveling season,” Persichilli’s statement reads.

Since the vaccine immunity wanes over time and with the threat of the Delta and Omicron variants, the NJDOH is encouraging residents to get their booster shots.

“The Pfizer booster doses are available and recommended for individuals 16 years and older six months after completion of their primary Pfizer vaccination,” Persichilli stated.

On Wednesday, December 15, the state will mark the one year anniversary of administering the first COVID-19 vaccination in New Jersey by designating it as Boost NJ Day to encourage residents ages 16 and older to receive booster doses. 

“The NJDOH is working with more than 2,000 vaccination sites across the state to offer expanded walk-in availability and extended hours to increase vaccine accessibility,” she said.

NJDOH is encouraging anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to get their first dose as soon as possible.

“Individuals who have yet to be vaccinated are encouraged to get their first dose today to protect themselves, their families, and their community,” Persichilli said.

To find a vaccination site visit covid19.nj.gov/finder.


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