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FDA, CDC Authorize Pfizer Booster Doses for 16 and 17-Year-Olds, Flu Communications Toolkits for Health care Providers & Current Case Data 
December 10, 2021

FDA, CDC Authorize Pfizer Booster Doses for 16 and 17-Year-Olds

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine to extend booster dose eligibility to fully vaccinated people ages 16-17. Also Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a recommendation for booster dose use for this age group. This is an important step toward strengthening protection against COVID-19 for teens ages 16 and 17. 


COVID-19 vaccine providers in Ohio can immediately begin offering booster doses to 16- and 17-year-olds at least six months following completion of their primary vaccination series. 


Booster doses are now recommended for everyone age 16 and older. People who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should get a booster at least six months after the primary vaccination series. People who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should get a booster at least two months after the initial dose. 


Mix-and-match booster doses  ̶  in which fully vaccinated people can choose any of the three U.S. approved COVID-19 vaccines for their booster  ̶  is an option only for adults 18 and older.  Because the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for any person younger than 18, people age 16 or 17 can only receive a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine.  


At this time, booster doses are not authorized for any children younger than age 16. 



Vaccine providers with questions may call the ODH Provider Call Center at 1-844-9ODHVAX (1-844-963-4829) between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or email 

Flu Communications Toolkits for Health care Providers 

This week (December 5-11) is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wants to share with you flu communications toolkits for health care providers to use in promoting flu vaccination for their patients 6 months and older during the 2021 – 2022 flu season.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a NIVW digital toolkit featuring social media language and graphics, sample newsletter language, and printable resources.
  • ODH offers a Flu Communications Toolkit that offers social media language and graphics and sample newsletter language around the importance of flu shots, in addition to flu and COVID-19 shots as the best defense.

Health care providers can monitor flu activity in Ohio, including county-level data, on the ODH Ohio Flu Activity webpage.

Current Case Data

In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio:

Ohio's central scheduling system:

All vaccine providers:

More vaccine information:


Video of the most recent updates, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on The Ohio Channel's YouTube page


For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is leading Ohio’s pandemic response. If you have questions or concerns about their programs, please use the links below. SMBO will continue to share information from ODH as it is received. 

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