COVID boosters now available for ages 5-11
Just in time for summer activities, Pfizer booster shots are now available for children ages 5 to 11. They can receive the booster five months after their last COVID injection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved the vaccines already authorized by the Federal Drug Administration. This approval means that all Americans over the age of 5 years are able to be boosted.
With overall COVID cases on the rise, pediatricians recommend the booster, for those eligible, to protect younger siblings who cannot yet vaccinated and children with special needs or immunodeficiencies. Both groups are at higher risk for hospitalization.
“The biggest benefit of being fully vaccinated, with the primary series, followed by a booster dose is to minimize family disruptions this summer,” says Dr. Dahlman. “While those kids who are fully vaccinated can still get COVID infection, these vaccines minimize the severity of symptoms and need for quarantine.”
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