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    Omicron Threat: CDC Now Expands Pfizer Booster Shot for 12 Years and above

    Omicron Threat has put US on a public health alert. There has been an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended expanding eligibility of booster doses for children as young as 12.

    Data show that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. ACIP reviewed the available safety data following the administration of over 25 million vaccine doses in adolescents; COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

    At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12-17.

    In a statement released on January 5, the CDC said it was “endorsing the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation to expand eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old.” Boosters already are recommended for everyone 16 and older.

    The CDC recommended the booster shot for younger adolescents at least five months after their second dose.

    CDC now recommends that adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series,” it said.

    COVID-19 US : Only Pfizer and BioNTech Vaccine for Children for now

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    Omicron Threat – Image courtesy CDC twitter

    The following is attributable to CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky

    “It is critical that we protect our children and teens from COVID-19 infection and the complications of severe disease. Today, I endorsed ACIP’s vote to expand eligibility and strengthen our recommendations for booster doses. We now recommend that all adolescents aged 12-17 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their primary series. This booster dose will provide optimized protection against COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. I encourage all parents to keep their children up to date with CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.”

    The COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech is the only US option for children of any age.

    Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration authorized an extra Pfizer shot for kids aged 12 to 15. But before those extra shots can begin, the CDC recommendation was a must.

    “It is critical that we protect our children and teens from COVID-19 infection and the complications of severe disease,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in the statement. “This booster dose will provide optimized protection against COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. I encourage all parents to keep their children up to date with CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine recommendations,” he added.

    The omicron variant accounted for 95 percent of new coronavirus infections last week, according to US health officials’ latest estimates.

    Pfizer is studying its vaccine, in even smaller doses, for children younger than 5.

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