CHI Gives COVID-19 Vaccines to Younger Kids and Booster Shots to Adults

17 Nov CHI Gives COVID-19 Vaccines to Younger Kids and Booster Shots to Adults

CBS 4 News Anchor Eliott Rodriguez received COVID-19 booster shot at the Doris Ison Health Center.

Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) is dedicated to keeping the community safe and healthy. In line with CDC guidelines, CHI is now administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old. It is also providing booster shots for those 65 years or older or age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings.  

“This expanded eligibility for lifesaving vaccines moves us closer to ending the pandemic,”
said Patricia Philippe, Director of Education, Infection Prevention & Control. 

Following CDC guidelines, CHI is also providing the additional dose for adults of the COVID-19 vaccine. This third dose is for those who received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least 6 months prior. 

“At CHI, we are here for you. Whether you are bringing your children to get the first dose or to get tested for COVID-19,” said Philippe. “We have all the options ready for you whenever you need it.” 

Patients and community members have been turning to CHI for more information about the vaccines, what to expect, and who is eligible for an additional dose. Philippe answers some of the most asked questions: 

Why children should get vaccinated for COVID-19? 

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect children ages 5 years and older from getting COVID-19. Vaccinating children can help protect family members, including siblings who are not eligible for vaccination and family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if they are infected. 

Vaccinating kids can help keep them in school and help them safely participate in sports, playdates, and other group activities. 

Who should get third COVID-19 shots? 

People ages 65 years and older should get a booster shot. The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age and can also increase for adults with underlying medical conditions. 

People ages 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure because of high-risk settings such as schools and health care institutions may get a booster shot based on their individual risks and benefits.  

At CHI, patients can find both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines available for all families ages 5 and up. CHI is also offering three COVID-19 tests (the PCR test, rapid test, and antibody test) in several of its locations. 

Patients can make their appointment or walk into any of CHI health center locations. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and testing, please visit https://chisouthfl.org/covidvaccine/ or call (305) 252-4820. 

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