COVID-19 vaccine boosters now available for youth 5-11

Hoosiers ages 5-11 are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster following authorization from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The FDA and CDC both authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 on Thursday. With the authorization, the Indiana Department of Health is now advising vaccine providers that they can begin administering boosters of the pediatric vaccine to children in this age group whose last dose was administered at least five months ago, according to an IDOH news release.

The Pfizer vaccine is the currently the only COVID-19 booster authorized for children ages 5-11. Booster doses have been shown to increase protection from hospitalization and death from COVID-19 and the Omicron variant of the virus. Any vaccine site that administers pediatric doses can administer a pediatric booster dose, and most sites accept walk-ins, the news release says.

To find a vaccine location, Hoosiers can go to or call Indiana 211 for assistance.