BOSTON (CBS) – When the FDA and CDC gave the green light to 16- and 17-year-olds to get a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot, Massachusetts’ Vaxfinder website took longer to reflect the change, while the effectiveness websites took longer to reflect the change. medication has not yet scheduled booster appointments for that age group on Thursday.
“I like to see when they approve of these things, especially among the younger and younger generations,” said Lynda Duray, of Boston, who was boosted on Thursday. “A lot of those generations are not careful with wearing masks and social distancing, so the more people that can be protected, the better.”
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu pledged to make it easier and more convenient for everyone. “When it comes to our teenagers, when it comes to our young children, it’s really important to get people in their place,” she said. At a pop-up clinic in Boston City Hall, Mayor Wu received his own booster. “We are working against the clock right now as we see new variants coming out, as we see an increase going forward into winter.”
But with the new rush, some say getting an appointment is a challenge. “I looked at a few local pharmacies, but they were very far in advance, and this brought me here earlier,” says Erin Mooney.
Federal health officials have only approved Pfizer for teens 16 and 17 years old. The company says its extra shot increases protection 25 times over the new variant. “I’m going home for the holidays, so I thought I’d get it before traveling,” said Patrick McAllister, who received the booster shot at the City Hall clinic.
Prema Andrew, who also took a third shot on Thursday, said: “It’s always good to have it. “To protect… not only yourself, others too.”
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/12/09/vax-clinics-pfizer-booster-for-teens/ Boston Opens New Vax Clinic As Federal Officials Greenlight Boosters 16-17 Year Olds – CBS Boston