The CDC advises that children aged 12 to 17 receive a COVID-19 booster shot

Despite little effectiveness data and concerns regarding post-vaccination cardiac inflammation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that children aged 12 to 17 undergo a COVID-19 vaccine booster on Wednesday.

The CDC agreed with suggestions from its vaccine advisory council, which voted 13–1 to recommend that children in the age group "should" obtain a booster of Pfizer's vaccine five months following their primary series. Children "may" get a booster, according to the panel.

"All adolescents aged 12–17 years should now receive a booster shot 5 months after their main series," says the study. COVID-19 and the Omicron version will be better protected with this booster dose. In a statement, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, "I encourage all parents to keep their children up to speed with the CDC's COVID-19 immunization recommendations."

“I am seeing many families where there is the transmission from children to adults and in some cases, there are devastating outcomes, so I think as much as we can prevent what might be a mild-to-moderate disease in children, but as much as we can decrease disease in families, I really think that’s the way to go,” said Dr. Camille Kotton, clinical director for transplant and immunocompromised host infectious diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a panel member.

6 Jan 2022

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