Harris County to begin offering COVID-19 boosters to individuals ages 12-15

The Harris County Public Health Department will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to youths between the ages of 12-15 on Jan. 8 following approval from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide boosters to that age group. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Harris County Public Health Department will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to youths between the ages of 12-15 on Jan. 8 following approval from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide boosters to that age group. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Harris County Public Health Department will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to youths between the ages of 12-15 on Jan. 8 following approval from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide boosters to that age group. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Harris County Public Health Department will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to youths between the ages of 12-15 on Jan. 8 following approval from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide boosters to that age group.

Eligible residents include individuals who received two doses of the vaccine at least five months ago, according to a Jan. 7 news release from the county. A third dose of the Pfizer vaccine has also been approved for children ages 5-11 with certain immunocompromised conditions, including children for whom the first two doses are insufficient due to an organ transplant, according to the release.



Children between the ages of 5-17 must be accompanied by a parent or bring a consent form signed by a parent or guardian to be vaccinated. Anyone receiving a booster dose must also bring their COVID-19 vaccination card.

Both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters continue to only be available for adults 18 years and older. The Moderna booster requires a waiting period of at least six months after receiving the first two doses, while the Johnson & Johnson booster requires a waiting period of two months after the first dose.

COVID-19 vaccinations are free at all sites run the county's public health department, where appointments are recommended but not required. Appointments can be made online or by calling 832-927-8787.