ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Following the FDA’s authorization of Pfizer vaccines for children as young as 5 years old, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health on Friday said it will prioritize appointments for children ages 5 to 11 starting on the week of Nov. 8.

This policy will temporarily reduce the number of slots for adults to receive their booster shots, officials said.

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County health officials are advising adult residents to schedule their booster shot appointments for the week of Nov. 1 or to visit their local pharmacy or health care provider to receive another dose.

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“Vaccines against COVID-19 are free, safe and effective,” the agency said. “They significantly decrease the risk of severe disease and death.”

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CBS Baltimore Staff