FREDERICTON (GNB) – Children aged five to 11 are now eligible to receive a Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster. Parents are encouraged to book an appointment for children in this age group to help slow the spread of the virus and reduce severe effects for those most at risk.

“Public Health is reiterating the need for New Brunswickers to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, especially as the winter months bring increased cases of respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19,” said Dr. Arifur Rahman, acting deputy chief medical officer of health. “We continue to encourage all New Brunswickers to get their primary vaccines and booster doses when they are eligible.”

Booster doses are available to everyone five years and older, as long as five months have passed since their last dose or COVID-19 infection, whichever is more recent. This includes those who have received a monovalent (original) booster.

Clinics continue to be offered by Public Health across the province and at participating pharmacies. More information on clinic locations is available online or by calling 1-833-437-1424.

To see which COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for adults or children, residents may refer to the SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines (COVID-19) information sheet.

For those with questions, immunization providers will also help to clarify which vaccine is recommended.