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WA DOH Announces Boosters for Youth, Ages 12 to 17; CHOICE/CPAA Ramps Up Vaccine Efforts

Youth ages 12 to 17 should receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 5 months after completing their primary vaccination series. The Washington State Department

of Health (DOH) has expanded booster dose eligibility to include everyone 12 and older following guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

Everyone 12 and older should get a booster dose at least:

  • Five months after completing the Pfizer primary vaccination series,

  • Five months after completing the Moderna primary vaccination series (see FDA's Jan. 7 news release), or

  • Two months after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Across the state, nearly 2 million people have received an additional dose, which includes both boosters and third doses. Boosters can be mixed and matched, which means adults can get any mRNA COVID-19 vaccine available. Pfizer is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for people ages 17 and younger. To read the entire press release, click the button below this article.

The CHOICE/CPAA COVID Recovery team has been busy getting vaccine clinics scheduled across our region. Along with partners and subcontractors, the team currently has 10 vaccine clinics scheduled in January, 15 in February, and 3 in March. The tribal nations of Skokomish and Squaxin have been instrumental in promoting vaccination efforts in their respective communities as well as opening their facilities to the general public. CHOICE/CPAA is grateful for their generosity. The team has also partnered with senior centers in Lewis County to reach more rural populations in and around Packwood, Pe Ell, Toledo and the twin cities of Chehalis and Centralia.

Bird's Eye Medical and Medical Teams International have partnered with CHOICE/CPAA to provide the vaccines. They are able to vaccinate children 5 - 11, youth 12 - 17 and adults. Boosters are also available. As of this writing, flu vaccine is not yet available. Check our social media sites for the latest information on these clinics and their hours of operation.

If your organization would like to partner with CHOICE/CPAA in this effort, please contact Carlos Mejia Rodriguez ( or Lawrence Kinnaman (

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