A booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 was recommended at a meeting of CDC science board advisors at a time when infections and hospitalizations are once again rising at the national level.
CDC advisors 11 to 1 recommended that 5-11 year olds receive a third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least 5 months after completing their first series, with one member abstaining.
Federal health data released in April showed that by the end of February, three in four children in the United States had contracted COVID-19 at least once since the outbreak began.
“There are so many people who don’t have the necessary protection as we are facing yet another increase in cases and hospitalizations,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at the meeting on Thursday. had used the phrase.
For implementation of the CDC’s booster dose recommendation for children, the agency’s director, Walensky, must sign the resolution.
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