The CDC recently expanded updated boosters from Pfizer for kids between the ages of 5-11, and from Moderna for those between the ages of 6-17.
Right now, the department is only offering the updated Moderna booster shots but said they will offer Pfizer also once it receives a shipment.
“This is an important time for children and adults to get their vaccines and booster shots,” said Dr. David Persse, chief medical officer for the City of Houston. “The increased protection will help against COVID-19 illness and death, especially as we start heading into winter and the Holiday season.”
The updated bivalent vaccine adds omicron BA.4 and BA.5 components to restore protection that's waned since previous vaccines. It also targets recent omicron variants that are more easily transmitted and can evade immunity.
The department said they will offer the shots at all four of its health centers as well as several multi-service centers. Doctors' offices, pharmacies and clinics can also administer the booster shot.
HHD wants to remind people that vaccinations at the department sites are free and don't require insurance or proof of residency. They also warn children can experience some side effects after receiving the booster.
For more information, visit the Houston Health Department website or call 832-393-4220.