05/20/22 Health Advisory: CDC Recommends 5-11 year olds get a Pfizer COVID-19 Booster

Requested actions

  • Be aware, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup recommend children 5–11 years old get a booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine 5 months after completing their primary series.
  • Be aware, CDC strengthened its recommendation that immunocompromised people 12 years or older and all people 50 years or older get a second booster dose 4 months after their first booster dose.
  • Be aware, Washington State Department of Health (DOH) updated its standing orders for:
  • Increase access to Evusheld COVID-19 pre-exposure prophylaxis for people 12 years or older who weigh at least 88 pounds (40 kg) and:
  • To administer Evusheld, enroll in Healthcare Partner Ordering Portal (HPoP). For help, email mcm@doh.wa.gov
  • To refer a patient to a provider who administers Evusheld, fax a referral to Birds Eye Medical at (360) 878-8330. Patients will be directed to a Wednesday or Friday specialty clinic at St. Francis Hospital.

Situation update

Pierce County Total COVID-19 cases Total COVID-19 deaths  7-day COVID-19 case rate  7-day COVID-19 hospitalization rate 
As of May 17, 2022 192,283 1,341 168.2 per 100,000 3.3 per 100,000

Pierce County COVID-19 data continue to show significant disparities by race and ethnicity, particularly affecting American Indian, Alaska Native, Black, Latinx, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander communities. You can see these trends on our case data dashboard.

As of April 16, 2022, Pierce County residents received about 1,574,900 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine. 66% of Pierce County residents are fully vaccinated. See our COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard for details.



Processing times

Labs report varying amounts of time to process COVID-19 tests. To support faster turnaround, we encourage providers to use in-state labs. The table below shows COVID-19 test processing times for in-state private labs. If you have questions about Health Department-facilitated antigen tests, contact epitesting@tpchd.org.

Lab Time to process test Tests processed daily
FidaLab 24 hours 300-350
Kaiser 24–48 hours 600
LabCorp 48–96 hours Unknown
Northwest Pathology 24–48 hours 3,000
Quest 24–48 hours 700
UW Virology 24–72 hours 6,500
Atlas Genomic 24–48 hours 10,000


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) allocates monoclonal antibodies and oral antivirals to each state. DOH distributes doses to enrolled providers. Providers must enroll to order therapies in HPoP to manage COVID-19 therapies. For help, email mcm@doh.wa.gov.

Additional information


Share with patients:


  • Cases in the following people—call (253) 649-1412.
  • All other cases—fax the following to (253) 649-1357 or call (253) 649-1413.
  • For all cases, report the person’s race, ethnicity and preferred language.

Contacting the Health Department

  • Urgent issues—call (253) 649-1412.
  • Non-urgent issues—call (253) 649-1413 and leave a message. Includes reporting notifiable conditions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Leave the patient’s name, date of birth and disease.

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