CDC urges Pfizer booster for children ages 5 to 11

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Kids ages 5 to 11 should get a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, advisers to the United States government said Thursday.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention quickly adopted the panel’s recommendation, opening a third COVID-19 shot to healthy elementary-age kids — just like what is already recommended for everybody 12 and older.

The hope is that an extra shot will shore up protection for kids ages 5 to 11 as infections once again are on the rise.

«Vaccination with a primary series among this age group has lagged behind other age groups leaving them vulnerable to serious illness,» said CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky, in a statement.

«We know that these vaccines are safe, and we must continue to increase the number of children who are protected,» she said.

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