SOMERVILLE, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health will begin administering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shots to eligible individuals 12 to 15 years old at its vaccination clinics following updated health recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The first Somerset County clinics to offer the Pfizer booster for 12- to 15-year-olds who completed their initial Pfizer vaccination at least five months ago will be on Monday, January 10, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Wellness Center at 876 E. Main Street in Bridgewater.
This clinic will operate every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and offers:
- Pfizer first, second, third and booster doses for all Somerset County residents 12 years and older,
- Pfizer pediatric for children 5-11 years old with parental presence and consent, and
- Moderna first, second, third and booster doses for all Somerset County residents 18 years and older.
Residents can find information on County vaccination and testing clinics, the State vaccination mega-site at the Bridgewater Commons Mall, and federal vaccination and testing recommendations at http://soconj.gov/vaxclinics.
Earlier this week the FDA and CDC expanded the eligibility of booster doses to individuals 12 to 15 years old who received their primary series of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least five months previously. This aligns this cohort with recently updated recommendations for individuals 16 and older who completed their Pfizer-BioNTech two-dose primary series. The booster interval recommendations for people who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (2 months) or the Moderna vaccine (6 months) have not changed.
In addition, the CDC recommends children between the ages of 5-11 who are moderately or severely immunocompromised receive an additional primary dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine 28 days after their second dose.
Vaccines continue to be the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission and can help prevent new variants from emerging. Boosters are recommended to provide additional protection.
Eligible individuals must bring proof of vaccination and Somerset County residency to receive a Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 booster dose. Individuals under the age of 18, must have parental or legal guardian consent and presence during vaccination.
To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, protect you and your family by getting vaccinated with an approved vaccine and following everyday healthy habits. The following interventions may also help stop the spread of coronaviruses and other respiratory diseases:
- Wear a mask in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status if over two years of age when in locations where there may be a high rate of transmission
- Maintain distance from others – at least two arm’s length apart
- Avoid crowds
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Monitor health daily and stay home when sick.
Since information on COVID-19 is being regularly updated, it is important to stay informed through reliable resources. Follow public health experts such as the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov, the New Jersey Department of Health at http://www.nj.gov/health and the Somerset County Department of Health at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.
The Somerset County Department of Health (SCDOH) is the lead agency for public health emergency preparedness and response in Somerset County. Funding for these activities is provided by the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement through the New Jersey Department of Health.