Courtesy of dc.gov

Now that federal health officials have approved coronavirus boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds, D.C. officials are urging of-age residents to get one as soon as possible.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, the city’s health director, said in a statement Thursday that the booster is available to newly qualified teenagers at several District-sponsored vaccination sites, WUSA-TV (Channel 9) reported.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as a booster for that age group, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concurring hours later.

Anyone 18 and older can get a booster at least six months after their second dose of either of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or at least two months after getting the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. However, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters have not been approved for people under 18.

People between the ages of 5 and 15 currently are eligible for a two-dose course of the Pfizer vaccine, but not a booster.

District families can schedule appointments for in-house vaccinations by calling 1-855-363-0333.

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