COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Now Available for 5-11 Year Olds at the Johnston County Public Health Department
For Immediate Release: May 23, 2022
Smithfield, NC – The Johnston County Public Health Department will begin offering COVID-19 vaccine boosters to 5-11 year olds beginning today, Monday, May 23 on a walk-in basis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a booster dose of the Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5-11 following the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) authorization. The CDC now recommends that children ages 5-11 years old should receive a booster shot five months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. Individuals who are immunocompromised should receive a booster shot three months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.
The Health Department is located at 517 N. Brightleaf Blvd. in Smithfield and offers vaccines daily, Monday- Friday, from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. On Tuesdays the Health Department offers vaccines from 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. No appointments are necessary. COVID-19 vaccines are free regardless of health insurance or immigration status.
The OptumServe COVID-19 testing site in Smithfield recently added Fridays to their testing schedule due to an increased demand for COVID-19 testing. The public can now receive free testing Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. The testing site is located at 601B North Eighth Street, Smithfield, NC behind Johnston Health next to Carolina Home Medical.