Wisconsin DHS recommends booster shots for all people over 12 years old

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services supports the CDC’s recommendations for youth immunizations and booster doses, they announced Friday night.

The Wisconsin DHS said it supports the recommendation that children 12 to 15 years old should receive a single booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

DHS also supports the CDC’s recommendation to change the booster interval from six to five months for those who have received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. They further recommend that children aged 5 to 11 who are moderately or severely immunocompromised receive an additional primary dose of the vaccine 28 days after their second injection.

DHS officials say the new recommendations provide opportunities to prevent disease for more Wisconsinites.

“Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster dose approval for 12 to 15 year olds provides another opportunity for more Wisconsinites to gain additional protection against COVID-19 and the Omicron variant,” the secretary-designate said from DHS, Karen Timberlake.

DHS encourages all people over 12 to join those who have been fortified against the virus, Timberlake adding that “being fully vaccinated and receiving a booster dose is the best protection to prevent the worst consequences of COVID-19” .

The Pfizer vaccine remains the only vaccine recommended for ages 12 to 17.

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