IDPT Recommends Booster For Children As COVID Cases Still On The Rise In Illinois
Marin Ackerman, 10, center, receives a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Sydney Mogul, right, with some distraction help from certified child life specialist Hanna Mathess during the first COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Franklin County for children age 5-11 at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

The Illinois Department of Public Health said it supports a recommendation by the CDC of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster dose for children aged 5 to 11 years old. IDPH issued an advisory to vaccine providers throughout the state endorsing the booster for children 5 through 11 years of age at least five months after completion of a primary series of the vaccine, following the emergency use authorization by the FDA and the recommendation of the CDC.

COVID cases continue to rise across Illinois. Health officials reported Friday more than 40-thousand cases since May 13th. The CDC is now reporting that eight Illinois counties are rated at a High Community Level and 39 Counties are rated at Medium Level including Will County and DuPage County. Officials are urging the public to keep up-to-date with vaccinations and booster shots. They added that masking up in indoor public places and avoiding crowded indoor spaces will also make a difference.