Effective immediately, the Virginia Department of Health’s Southside Health District will offer Pfizer BioNTech booster shots for 12 to 15 year olds.

Additionally, 5 to 11-year-old vaccine recipients who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are eligible to receive a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine 28 days after the second dose.

Eligible recipients can receive the vaccine or booster at Southside Health District’s vaccination clinic scheduled for Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Abiding Branch Christian Ministries at 65 S. Main St. in Halifax. Walk-ins are welcome. No appointment needed.

The clinics will offer first, second, additional primary and booster doses at no cost to the public. The Moderna vaccine and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson are available for anyone 18 and older. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for anyone 5 and older. A parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 18.

The Pfizer BioNTech booster vaccine can be obtained by anyone 12 and older at least five months from the date of their second mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine or at least two months from the date of their Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The Moderna or Johnson & Johnson booster vaccine can be obtained by anyone 18 and older at least five months from the date of their second mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine or at least two months from the date of their Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

“As we’ve seen an increase in COVID-19 cases from holiday gatherings and the Omicron variant, it’s important to take advantage of every precaution against COVID,” said Dr. Scott J. Spillmann, director of the local health district. “So we are happy to be able to provide this additional layer of protection for our youngsters.”

Individuals who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster dose may choose which vaccine product they would like to receive as a booster. For those individuals that choose a different product than their primary series, VDH urges residents to consult with your doctor or health care provider who can assist in making the best decision.

If are coming for a second, third or booster dose, residents should bring their vaccine card to confirm the date and type of vaccine you received in previous doses.

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, its safety and answers to frequently asked questions at VDH’s website and CDC’s website.