Brunswick County Health Services now offering first boosters of COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11

05.25.2022

Brunswick County Health Services now offering first boosters of COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Health Services is now offering a first booster dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children ages 5 through 11. These booster vaccines will be available at our main clinic in Bolivia and at each of our upcoming pop-up clinics.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), individuals 5 through 11 years of age are now eligible for a single booster dose at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

In addition, CDC is strengthening its recommendation that those 12 and older who are immunocompromised and those 50 and older should receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first. Getting a second booster may be especially important for people over the age of 65 and those older than 50 with underlying health conditions that put them at high risk of severe disease.

Brunswick County Health Services is holding two pop-up clinics at Town Creek Park in Winnabow Wednesday, June 1 and Monday, June 13, one pop-up clinic at Indian Trail Meeting Hall in Southport on Tuesday, June 7, and one pop-up clinic at Waccamaw Park in Ash on Wednesday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more and check for future pop-up clinics at brunswickcountync.gov/covid19clinics.

Eligible community members can also book an appointment for their boosters at our main health clinic in Bolivia either online or through the Public Health Call Line:

  • Schedule online here
  • Call the Public Health Call Line at 910.253.2339 (Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays)

COVID-19 vaccines are free to everyone regardless of whether they have insurance. Insurance is not required, but you are encouraged to bring your ID and insurance cards, if available.

Brunswick County Health Services offers the following vaccines for the community:

  • First and second doses for everyone aged 5 and up*
  • Third additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna (mRNA) vaccines for the immunocompromised
  • First booster vaccines (eligible for everyone aged 5 and up)*
  • Second booster vaccines (eligible for adults aged 50 and up, people who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for their first shot and first booster, and people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised)

Health Services will have all vaccine types—Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and J&J/Janssen—at these clinics. Those aged 5-17 are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech version of the vaccine only.

*Health Services requires written permission from a parent/legal guardian to administer vaccines to those aged 5-15 and boosters to those aged 5-17. Those aged 5-11 are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech version of the booster only. If someone else brings your child to these clinics, complete a consent form to send with them. Click here to download consent form or visit brunswickcountync.gov/vaccines.

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Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, contact the Communications Director at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov