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Kansas allows COVID-19 booster vaccinations for 16- and 17-year-olds

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Friday morning that it will comply Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

The state says 16- and 17-year-olds can receive a booster shot of Pfizer. Kansas also authorized everyone in the state to begin giving those boosters to eligible teens. To be eligible for a booster shot, adolescents must be 16 years of age or older and have been fully vaccinated for at least 6 months.

At this point, only Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccines are allowed and recommended for adolescents aged 16 to 17 years.

“Vaccines are safe, effective and free and remain the best way to protect yourself from serious illness,” said Janet Stanek, Acting Secretary. “Given the increase in COVID-19 cases statewide and the increase in the Omicron variant, we encourage all Kansai residents to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot.”

Anyone 18 years of age or older who completed the COVID-19 immunization requirements at least 6 months ago is eligible for a booster shot, regardless of which brand you received.

Available data show that all three COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging.

https://fox4kc.com/tracking-coronavirus/kansas-authorizes-covid-19-vaccine-booster-shots-for-16-and-17-year-olds/ Kansas allows COVID-19 booster vaccinations for 16- and 17-year-olds

JACLYN DIAZ

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