Children, ages 5-11, are now approved on emergency authorization to get the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine.

Parents are encouraged to get their children vaccinated to protect them and their families from the COVID-19 virus.The Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 12 or older earlier this year.

Full FDA approval means the public can be confident that the Pfizer vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product. COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to prevent severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has established vaccinate.wv.gov to provide more information about the vaccine and distribution. An information hotline, 1-833-734-0965, is also available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eligibility for Boosters

West Virginians who received any of the three available COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson, may now qualify for a booster shot. Also, regardless of the vaccine you received, you may mix-and-match your booster if you choose.

You are eligible for a booster shot if it has been at least six months (two months and 18 years or older if you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) after your primary doses and you are:

  • Age 65 or older 
  • Age 18 or older and live in long-term care settings 
  • Age 18 or older and have an underlying medical condition 
  • Age 18 or older and work or live in high-risk settings

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated

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COVID-19 Stats: Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated
Haley Feldmeier, a senior public health major at WVU, gives us some statistics on COVID-19 vaccination.

For trusted COVID-19 vaccination information, visit https://coronavirus.wvu.edu/

Vaccine Q&A

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How COVID-19 Impacts Health Care

WVU Medicine offers an extended COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A. The WV DHHR also offers frequently asked questions, including vaccine basics, as well as what to expect before, during and after vaccination.

Vaccine Safety Information for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy

Information for Fully Vaccinated People

  • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
  • If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others.
  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
  • Visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date international travel guidance.
  • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others. If your test is positive, isolate at home for 10 days.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.

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