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  • COVID boosters now available at County sites for 16- and 17-year-olds

    Dec 10, 2021 | Read More News
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    Pima County vaccination sites started offering Pfizer booster shots for 16- and 17-year-olds on Dec. 10, following federal approval a day earlier.

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    Anyone in that age group is eligible providing it has been at least six months from their second dose.

    Previously, only adults 18 and over were eligible to receive booster doses, and they are able to choose which booster vaccine they want -- Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. Only the Pfizer vaccine is available for 16- and 17-year-olds.

    The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for children as young as 5 years old. All the vaccine types are available at multiple County-supported sites, including:

    • Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.
    • Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. County Club Rd.
    • Theresa Lee Health Center, 1493 W. Commerce Court
    • North Clinic, 3550 N. 1st Ave.
    • East Clinic, 6920 E. Broadway Blvd.

    Check pima.gov/covid19vaccines for hours of operation and multiple mobile clinics each week. The vaccines are free. No appointment is needed at any of the County sites, although people are encouraged to call for appointments at the Theresa Lee, North and East clinics.

    All the vaccines also are widely available at pharmacies. Check for locations and appointments at vaccines.gov or the Arizona Department of Health Services.

    "The booster doses increase immunity against COVID-19, and we're happy this option is available for 16- and 17-year-olds," said Dr. Theresa Cullen, the director of the Pima County Health Department. "This is a good time to get the boosters to protect you and others in advance of the holidays and potentially large gatherings."

    Consent from a parent of guardian is required for a COVID-19 vaccination for those under 18.