COVID Boosters Approved for Young Children
October 13, 2022
Citing concerns about increased virus exposure as kids are back in school and resuming other group activities, on Oct. 12 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved COVID-19 booster shots from Moderna and Pfizer for children as young as five.
The booster by Pfizer-BioNTech had previously been approved for those 12 and older, while Moderna’s updated booster was available to those 18 and older. This week’s action by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC expands access to Pfizer’s booster shots to children as young as 5 and the Moderna shot to children 6 and older. The recommendation for both groups is that the additional booster be given at least two months after the primary vaccination or the latest booster shot.
Meanwhile, public health officials are urging all eligible adults and children to get vaccinated and boosted before the end of October and the start of the holiday season.