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Michigan updates COVID-19 vaccine booster guidance

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CDC recommends Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine boosters for children as young as 12

A doctor loads a dose of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine into a syringe, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at a mobile vaccination clinic in Worcester, Mass.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will allow COVID-19 vaccine boosters for children age 12 and older.

LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging all eligible Michiganders age 12 and older to get the Pfizer booster when they are eligible.

Michigan health care providers will be following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide boosters for children age 12 and older.

Boosters for all fully vaccinated people age 12 and older also can be administered five months after the regular course of vaccine, which is a reduction of one month.

Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Michigan's chief medical executive, said vaccines are the clearest way to get out of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Keeping our children safe includes getting them vaccinated and boosted, and this in turn will help keep them out of the hospital and alleviate the stress on our health care system," she said. "Getting vaccinated is the safest way to face COVID-19 and prevent severe illness and death. As data evolves, new recommendations are expected and we are optimistic to have more information available fight COVID-19."

As of Wednesday, nearly 6.4 million Michiganders age 5 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 5.4 million people are considered fully vaccinated.

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