The US Authorises Pfizer Booster Doses For Children Aged 12

The US Authorises Pfizer Booster Doses For Children Aged 12
Source – Malay Mail

On Wednesday, the United States Food and Drug Administration authorised Pfizer’s Covid-19 booster dose for children as young as 12 years old, shortening the waiting period between the first vaccine and a booster dose for all ages from six to five months.


The US Authorises Pfizer Booster Doses For Children Aged 12

On Wednesday, the United States Food and Drug Administration authorised Pfizer’s Covid-19 booster dose for children as young as 12 years old, shortening the waiting period between the first vaccine and a booster dose for all ages from six to five months.

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision comes as the pandemic, fueled by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, resurfaces and as millions of students return to class after the Christmas break.

Additionally, the FDA authorised a booster dose of Pfizer-vaccination BioNTech’s for immunocompromised children aged 5 to 11, including those who have undergone an organ transplant.

The FDA based its decision on data from Israel, where hundreds of adolescents aged 12 to 15 had previously received the booster dose.

Source - The Edge Markets

Additionally, with over 4.1 million individuals aged 16 and older in Israel receiving a booster beginning five months after the original two-dose vaccination, the FDA said: “no new safety concerns have emerged".

“Authorising booster vaccination to take place at five months rather than six months may therefore provide better protection sooner for individuals against the highly transmissible Omicron variant."

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must still approve the decisions in the full length, which is expected in the coming days.

According to statistics gathered by Johns Hopkins University, the US is presently averaging nearly 400,000 new Covid cases each day, a record level since the pandemic started two years ago.

Hospitalisations have climbed as well, albeit at a slower pace and now stay below the high recorded a year ago.

Hospitalisations of children infected with Covid-19 are also increasing, with much lower vaccination rates among younger children.

However, officials are keen to keep schools open for as long as possible.

We recognise there may be some bumps in the road, especially this upcoming week” with teachers caught up in the nationwide Covid surge, US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said Sunday on Fox News.

But the goal is full-time, in-person learning for our students,” he added. “They’ve suffered enough.” 

Source – The Vibes 

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