CDC Endorses Pfizer Booster for 12-15 Year Olds; develops other recommendations | Local News I Racine County Eye

On Friday, January 7, the CDC approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old to receive as a booster. The FDA had approved the vaccine for booster use in this age group on Jan. 3, but the public still had to wait for the CDC to approve it before administration could take place.

COVID-19 boosters have been shown to “extend and strengthen protection against Omicron and other variants of SARS-CoV-2,” according to a CDC press release.

“It is essential that we protect our children and adolescents from infection with COVID-19 and the complications of serious illness. Today, I approved ACIP’s vote to expand eligibility and strengthen our recommendations for booster doses. We now recommend that all adolescents aged 12 to 17 receive a booster injection 5 months after their primary series. This booster dose will provide optimized protection against COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. I encourage all parents to keep their children up to date with the CDC’s recommendations on the COVID-19 vaccine. “

Dr Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDC

Booster timelines

As the scientific community continues to learn about this new virus and how to fight it, recommendations and protocols are changing. We don’t have the luxury of having decades of data to analyze like we do with other diseases; we learn as we go with SARS-CoV-2.

One of these developments was aimed at immunocompromised people: an additional primary dose. It is not known as a booster. The primary additional dose comes four weeks after the first two doses for those who need it. As with everyone in the eligible age groups, a booster is always recommended for these individuals.

With that, the CDC Immunization / Primary Supplementary Dose / Booster Guidelines are the following:

5 years and over
2 primary doses, 21 days apart
Additional primary dose, 28 days after the second primary dose
(from 12 years old) Booster dose after 5 months

18 years and over
2 primary doses, 28 days apart
Additional primary dose, 28 days after the second primary dose
(18 years and over) Booster dose after 5 months

Janssen / Johnson & Johnson:
18 years and over
1 primary dose
(18 years and over) Booster dose after 2 months

For people infected with SARS-CoV-2, whether or not they have been vaccinated before, the possibility of re-infection is immediately low, but a person’s immunity wanes over time. Summary of October 2021, the CDC reported that immunity levels were considered low after about 6 months.

For this reason, it is important for those who have had COVID-19 to stay on top of the vaccinations recommended by the CDC.

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