The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a COVID-19 booster shot for healthy 5 to 11-year-olds on Tuesday in the hope that an additional dose of the vaccine will boost protection. their defenses when infection once again increases. The licensing now opens up the third shot of the Pfizer vaccine to elementary-aged children as well as after they reach at least five months from their last dose.
Americans 12 years of age and older have been given a booster dose to provide the best protection against the latest coronavirus variants, and some people, including those 50 and older, may choose to increase their dose. second power. But there is one final hurdle before parents can expose their children to another layer of vaccine protection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must decide whether to formally recommend a booster shot for this age group, and if so, how long they must wait for a second booster. The CDC’s scientific advisers are scheduled to meet on Thursday.
The FDA has just approved the drug to increase COVID-19 for children 5-11 years old. The CDC recommendation is expected to go into effect soon. Now would be a good time for parents to start looking at their calendars to find an appointment for their kids.
– Dr. Jorge A. Caballero stands with 🇺🇦 (@DataDrivenMD) May 17, 2022
Pfizer and partner BioNTech are currently making the only COVID-19 vaccine available for children of all ages in the United States. People 5 to 11 years old receive one-third of the injection for everyone 12 years of age and older. In a small study, Pfizer discovered a booster that increased those children’s levels of antibodies against the virus, including those that could fight the super-infectious omicron variant, like that adults receive with additional injections.
Accelerators may be available for kids ages 5-11 today. Ask your pediatrician or other trusted health care provider if you have questions!
Rates of covid are rising again in many places (including the MA), and boosters can reduce the risk of serious infection and illness.
– Scott Hadland, MD (@DrScottHadland) May 17, 2022
Pfizer’s vaccine “is effective in helping to prevent the most severe consequences of COVID-19 in people 5 years of age and older,” said FDA vaccine director Dr. Peter Marks. “A booster dose may provide continued protection against COVID-19 in this and older age group.”
https://hillreporter.com/healthy-kids-ages-5-11-now-eligible-for-covid-boosters-131683 Healthy Kids Ages 5-11 Now Eligible For COVID Boosters