CDC recommends children ages 5-11 receive Pfizer COVID booster
Immuno-compromised children will now be eligible for four COVID shots
May 19, 2022 4:40pm
Updated: May 20, 2022 12:28pm
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee voted Thursday to recommend that children ages 5 to 11 receive a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, USA Today reported.
Pfizer's COVID vaccine is the only one for children under the age of 18. The CDC has already recommended for children ages 12 and older to get a booster dose as immunity wanes over time.
With the CDC's decision, immuno-compromised children will be eligible for four COVID shots. The CDC already recommended for kids with immune problems to receive a third.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is expected to approve the recommendation, meaning parents may be able to give their child a booster within the next few days.
Pfizer hopes to give data on the COVID vaccine's efficacy in children under 5 by early June.