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

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(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration has granted exigency usage authorization for a booster dose of Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 astatine slightest 5 months aft completion of the superior vaccine series.

Pfizer requested this EUA astatine the extremity of April, citing institution information that showed that a 3rd vaccine dose raised Omicron-fighting antibodies by 36 times successful this property group.

"While it has mostly been the lawsuit that COVID-19 tends to beryllium little terrible successful children than adults, the omicron question has seen much kids getting sick with the illness and being hospitalized, and children whitethorn besides acquisition longer word effects, adjacent pursuing initially mild disease," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said successful a news release Tuesday. "The FDA is authorizing the usage of a azygous booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5 done 11 years of property to supply continued extortion against COVID-19.

Studies from the New York State Department of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recovered that the effectiveness of 2 doses of Pfizer's vaccine for children ages 5 to 12 dropped substantially during the Omicron surge, falling from 68% to astir 12% against infection. However, 2 doses continued to supply extortion against much terrible unwellness resulting successful urgent attraction oregon hospitalizations.

Public wellness officials person urged 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.

A caller CNN investigation of CDC information showed that for those who were afloat vaccinated and boosted successful February, the hazard of dying from Covid-19 was 20 times little than it was for unvaccinated radical 12 and older.

The CDC's Advisory Committee connected Immunization Practices volition conscionable Thursday to sermon Covid-19 vaccine boosters. Though the docket for the gathering has not been posted, a ballot is scheduled, according to the Federal Register.

Tuesday's determination means anyone 5 and older is present eligible for astatine slightest 1 booster dose.

Those who are 50 and older and radical 12 and older who person definite kinds of immunocompromise are eligible for 2 booster doses.

Moderna has besides requested FDA authorization for a 2nd Covid-19 booster changeable for everyone 18 and older, but a determination has yet to beryllium made regarding that request.

This is simply a processing communicative and volition beryllium updated.