COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Approved For 16 and 17-Year-Olds

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The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup today completed its review of the federal process and has recommended expanding booster dose eligibility to 16- and 17-year-olds at least six months after they have completed their primary vaccination series. The Workgroup provided its confirmation to the Governors of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington today.

The Oregon Health Authority is expected to inform health care providers that the administration of booster doses for individuals 16 and older can begin.

“It’s great news that now even more Oregonian adolescents are eligible for booster shots,” said Governor Kate Brown. “We know the measures that are effective in protecting against COVID-19 and variants: vaccinations, boosters, and masks. These measures are key to ending the pandemic and keeping our friends and loved ones safe.”

Earlier today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized expanding booster shot eligibility for 16- and 17-year olds, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) affirmed that decision. The Workgroup reviewed and affirmed the federal decision this afternoon.

Oregon, Washington, and Nevada joined California’s COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup in October of last year. The workgroup, made up of nationally-acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunization and public health, has concurrently and independently reviewed the FDA’s actions related to COVID-19 vaccines. It will continue to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines as they go through the federal process.

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