Local health officials recommend COVID-19 bivalent boosters for keiki 5 and older
The state Department of Health recommends everyone age 5 and older receive the COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued Emergency Use Authorization for the new boosters manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech for children ages 5-11 and Moderna for children ages 6-17. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed the news and recommends bivalent boosters for everyone age 5 and older.
“This is great news for parents who want to protect their young children. Bivalent boosters were already available for everyone 12 and older. Now kids ages 5-11 can benefit from these new boosters too,” state Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char said in a statement.
The bivalent boosters are the first vaccines designed specifically to protect against COVID and its most common forms in Hawaiʻi — the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants.
The state says the two subvariants account for almost all of the COVID cases in the state.