Booster shot eligibility expanded and vaccinations for children available
Important COVID-19 vaccine update from Keck Medicine of USC
Dear Valued Patient,
Recently federal health officials have made several important announcements concerning COVID-19 vaccines that may affect you and your family’s health. In addition to vaccinations now being available for young children, booster recommendations for our adult patients have expanded.
More individuals are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded booster shot eligibility.
If you received your second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago, you are eligible for a booster shot if you are:
- Age 65 and older.
- Age 18 and older and live in a long-term care setting.
- Age 18 and older and at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes.
- Age 18 and older and work or live in a high-risk setting, such as health care and education.
If you received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the timetable for getting a booster shot is sooner. It is available to all adults 18 and older who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
According to the CDC, the booster dose may be either the Pfizer, Moderna or J&J vaccine. Talk to your health care provider should you have any questions or concerns about a booster shot.
Where to get booster shots
Many local pharmacies now offer booster shots. You can visit the My Turn website to find a location convenient for you.
Additionally, Keck Medicine of USC, in partnership with USC Pharmacies, is offering booster vaccines to individuals 18 years and older at the lower level of Norris Healthcare Center (HC3), located at 1516 San Pablo St., Los Angeles, CA 90033, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are accepted. You must either bring paper or electronic proof of vaccination, with dates.
Vaccines are here for children ages 5 to 11
The CDC recommends the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, and we urge you to vaccinate your children.
Doses are available next week in locations such as pediatricians’ offices and pharmacies. If you have any concerns or questions, I suggest sharing them with your child’s pediatrician.
Please note that Keck Medicine will not be administering COVID-19 vaccines to children 5 to 11. We will continue to administer vaccines to individuals 14 years and older.
Flu vaccines are available and recommended
We strongly urge you and your family to get the flu vaccine to reduce illness, missed work and school, and flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
According to the CDC, you can get the flu vaccine at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.
Thank you for doing your part to stay healthy and for entrusting Keck Medicine with your care.
Keck Medicine of USC