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

CBS 4 News Anchor Eliott Rodriguez received the 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 5-17 years old. It is also providing vaccinations and booster shots for those 18 and older“This expanded eligibility for lifesaving vaccines moves us closer to ending the pandemic,” said Patricia Philippe, Director of Education, Infection Prevention and Control.

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 them.”

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 booster COVID-19 shots?

Adults 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.

At CHI, patients can find all three vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. 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 CHI health center location. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and testing, please visit

or call (305) 252-4820.