Governor Murphy & Commissioner Persichilli Urge Parents to Heed Updated CDC Recommendations on Omicron-Targeting Covid Vaccinations for Young Children

Following the recent recommendation made by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children ages six months through five years are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 bivalent vaccine. This updated version of the COVID-19 vaccine offers stronger protections from Omicron, including its BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.

Under this expanded use of updated COVID-19 vaccines, children ages six months through five years who previously completed a Moderna primary series are eligible to receive a Moderna bivalent booster at least two months after their final primary series dose. Children ages six months through four years who are currently completing a Pfizer primary series will receive a Pfizer bivalent vaccine as their third primary dose.

Everyone ages 6 months and older can be vaccinated for free at sites across New Jersey, regardless of insurance or their immigration status. Parents and caregivers can find locations offering COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, including the bivalent booster for this new age group, on the COVID-19 Vaccine Finder and Community Calendar at

“Vaccines remain one of the strongest tools in our toolbox when it comes to defending against severe illness due to COVID-19,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “The expanded eligibility for the bivalent vaccine means even more of our residents can now receive updated protection against this virus. I encourage parents and guardians to make an appointment for their child to get boosted if they are eligible – or receive the primary series if they have not yet – to help keep their family healthy as we head into the new year.”

“As we approach the upcoming winter holidays when travel and gatherings are commonplace, getting the updated bivalent vaccine and getting boosted will give New Jersey residents and their children additional protection against highly transmissible subvariants of Omicron,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “Immunity wanes over time, which is why we encourage everyone to get boosted and keep COVID-19 out of their holiday plans.”

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to make an appointment for their children to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to stay up-to-date on all their childhood immunizations.

The recommendation by the CDC on December 9 follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) amendment on December 8 to the Emergency Use Authorization of the updated (bivalent) Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to include use in children as young as six months of age.

Currently, 81.3% of New Jerseyans have completed their primary series and 17.2% of the eligible population have received an updated (bivalent) booster. However, only 5.5% of children between the ages of six months and four years have completed their primary series. Just over half of eligible children ages five to 17 have completed their primary series.

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  1. This article could have been much funnier and less barbaric if written by the Assinine Commenter. Come to think of it, maybe it was AC being subtly sarcastic.

  2. I cant believe they’re pushing this. Even in the height of Covid, children were never at risk. The amount of cases in children was miniscule. And now, there are so many issues with the vaccine.
    Parents should think long and hard b4 giving their children this vaccine.

    • Yes, a major expert said that NOT ONE child in the WORLD died of Covid, unless they “also” had such life-threatening illnesses as cancer or diabetes!
      (And adults hardly died either. The CDC admitted in Sept. ’20 that only 6% actually died of Covid; the other 94% had an a average of 2.3 comorbidities. And of course, even those 6% could have easily been saved with Zelenko/McCullough/AFLD protocol – which saved millions. And, “by the way”, even more could have been saved by not being starved to death – which they were easily able to do as no family was allowed!!! A modern-day Holocaust! Yemach Shemam! Hashem yerachem!)

  3. Ask him if he takes any responsibility for damages or worse. As a matter of fact, no doctor or pharmaceutical manufacture in the US bears any legal liability for vaccine adverse events. Of course, they try to argue that without vaccines, things would be much worse. But that’s nonsense – and with ALL vaccines (as deaths stopped before vaccine was available for example measles vaccine, and others similar) – how much more so the Covid vaccine.
    VAERS already has well over one-million adverse events (about half from US and half from rest of world), which include tens of thousand of deaths – to healthy people, soon after injection, and according to a government-sponsored Harvard Study, VAERS reflects only 1% of reality.

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