CDC Approves Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5-11

The CDC has signed off on boosters for kids ages 5 to 11. The CDC’s advisory board passed the vote 11 to 1 with 1 abstention to support recommending a booster dose. This comes as the FDA authorized the dose earlier this week. The recommendation voted upon was ‘a single Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine booster dose that’s recommended for persons ages 5-11 years old, at least 5 months after their primary series.” According to the company, data from it’s clinical trials showed it raised Omicron-fighting antibodies by 36 times in the age group, That trial included 4,500 children and saw no new safety issues. According to the CDC, 1547 children have died from Covid-19 in the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic and 364 of them were in the 5-11 year-old age group.