Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker hold a press conference. | Provided Photo / File

The Illinois Department of Public Health has adopted the CDC’s recommendation for children ages 12-15 to get their COVID-19 booster vaccine, the department announced.

On Wednesday, the Center for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) endorsed their Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation to expand eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old.

The CDC now recommends that adolescents ages 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot five months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.

“It is critical that we protect our children and teens from COVID-19 infection and the complications of severe disease. Today, I endorsed ACIP’s vote to expand eligibility and strengthen our recommendations for booster doses. This booster dose will provide optimized protection against COVID-19 and the Omicron variant,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Thursday announced they were adopting the CDC recommendations.

“We know that COVID-19 vaccine booster doses can help provide ongoing protection against the Omicron variant,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.

“Following the CDC’s recommendation, booster doses are encouraged for those aged 12-15 years who received their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine five months ago,” Ezike said.

Only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12-15, IDPH said.

Those interested in finding a vaccine location nearby should visit vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233.