CDC recommends Covid boosters for kids ages 5 to 11 after advisory committee vote

The panel voted 11-1 on Thursday to recommend that children between the ages of 5 and 11 should be offered a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine.

A key vaccine advisory panel voted Thursday to recommend that children between the ages of 5 and 11 should be offered a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at least five months after they received their second dose.

Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, endorsed the panel’s recommendation later that day. She noted that vaccination among this age group has lagged behind other age groups. “With over 18 million doses administered in this age group, we know that these vaccines are safe, and we must continue to increase the number of children who are protected,” Walensky said in a statement released by the CDC.

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