CDC's independent vaccine advisers will meet to discuss Covid-19 boosters for kids

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(CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's autarkic Advisory Committee connected Immunization Practices (ACIP) volition conscionable Thursday to sermon updates connected Covid-19 vaccine information and effectiveness for children ages 5-11 years, CDC guidance connected boosters for that property radical and the model for that booster dose.

The committee volition ballot successful the day connected whether oregon not this property radical should beryllium eligible for a booster.

The committee made up of vaccine experts regularly meets to spell implicit the subject related to vaccines and to springiness guidance connected however vaccines should beryllium administered.

FDA authorizes Pfizer Covid-19 booster shots for children ages 5 to 11

On Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration expanded the eligibility for the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to children 5 to 11 years of age. The children would beryllium capable to get the booster astatine slightest 5 months aft they person completed their superior bid of shots.

Pfizer had requested this exigency usage authorization astatine the extremity of April. The institution said information from its objective trials showed it raised Omicron-fighting antibodies by 36 times successful this property group. The proceedings that included 4,500 children ages 5 done 11 years saw nary caller information issues, according to the company.

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been tough connected kids. Studies from the New York State Department of Health and the CDC recovered that the effectiveness of 2 doses of Pfizer's vaccine for children ages 5 to 12 fell importantly during the Omicron surge, falling from 68% to astir 12% against infection. Two doses of the vaccine did look to support kids retired of the hospital.

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While not astatine the aforesaid levels arsenic during the Omicron wave, Covid-19 cases among children person been increasing. The fig of caller Covid-19 cases among children successful the US grew astir 76% past week from 2 weeks prior, the American Academy of Pediatrics said Monday.

According to the latest study from the CDC, 1,536 children person died of Covid-19 successful the US.

The AAP says that astir 13.2 cardinal kids successful the US person tested affirmative for Covid-19 during the pandemic, with much than 5.3 cardinal of those cases coming this year. Those numbers are astir apt undercounted, arsenic investigating has fallen disconnected successful overmuch of the country.

Public wellness officials person urged each Americans to enactment up to day with their Covid-19 vaccinations, including each recommended booster doses, arsenic the champion mode to support themselves and the radical astir them. Of those who are eligible, though, children are the slightest vaccinated property radical successful the US.

Among parents of 5 to 11 twelvemonth olds, astir 4 successful 10 accidental their kid has gotten vaccinated, portion 12% accidental that they volition either lone get their kid vaccinated if they are required to for schoolhouse and 32% accidental that their kid volition not get vaccinated astatine all, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation that was released astatine the opening of May.