PHILADELPHIA—In response to the CDC’s recommendation that children aged 5 through 11 receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine five months after being fully vaccinated, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health has issued this statement:

“Being up to date on your COVID-19 vaccine is one of the best protections against hospitalization and death,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole. “Boosters are a key part of being as protected as you can be, and with today’s news, we can expand that extra layer of protection to children as young as five.”

Residents can be boosted at pharmacies throughout Philadelphia, City Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and at many pediatrician’s offices throughout the city. Many of the providers on the City’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage can provide boosters.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, COVID-19 cases among children have been rising, with the number of new cases in the U.S. increasing nearly 76% last week over the prior two weeks. Therefore, it is extremely important to not let down our guard and continue to do all we can to stave off severe COVID and prevent its spread. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is actively urging all Philadelphians to be vaccinated, including all recommended boosters for both eligible children as well as older adults and those most at risk of hospitalization.

The Health Department has published a blog post on why it’s important to make sure your child is up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines