The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans who have received two doses Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine to seek a booster shot five years after the first shot and not wait six, as previously recommended.
The agency also recommended that immunocompromised kids aged 5 to 11 receive an additional primary vaccination shot 28 days following the second shot. This is similar to the recommendation for people 12 years and older. Pfizer’s vaccine is the only one authorized for pediatric use in the United States.
These endorsements follow Monday’s authorization of the same steps in the Food and Drug Administration.
F.D.A. The F.D.A. approved 12- to 15 year-olds to be given boosters of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccination. The C.D.C.’s vaccine advisory committee is set to meet Wednesday to discuss whether to recommend that step.
The C.D.C. The F.D.A. share responsibility for setting the nation’s vaccine policy, and have worked to present a unified front in their reviews of booster shots. If the advisory committee does follow the F.D.A.’s lead, the C.D.C.’s director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, is expected to quickly sign off on the recommendation.
These moves are made at a time when Omicron variant is rapidly spreading and infecting record numbers. Many hospitals in the United States have already been inundated with Covid-19 patients infected with the older Delta variant.
Federal guidance has not changed for when to seek booster shots after initially receiving the Moderna vaccine (6 months after the second shot) or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (2 months after the single shot).
According to the C.D.C. more than 70% of Americans 12 years and older have been fully immunized.
According to the C.D.C., approximately 1.9 million children aged 12-15 have been tested positive for the virus. While children are less likely to contract serious illness from the coronavirus than adults, they can still get very sick and even death from it.
F.D.A. The F.D.A. noted that Israeli data showed no safety concerns in thousands 12-15-year-olds who had received a third dose. Myocarditis, which is a rare side effect of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, was not reported. It has been mostly seen in younger men. The condition causes inflammation of the heart muscle tissue.
Source: NY Times