The United States is expanding the COVID-19 vaccine booster at a time when it faces an increase in cases of the omicron variant. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized extra Pfizer injections for children 12 years and older.
The boosters were already recommended for the population 16 and older, and federal regulators decided Monday to expand the range to include children between the ages of 12 and 15 once enough time has passed since their last dose.
But the measure, which is taken with the restart of classes after the vacation period, It is not the last step. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must decide whether to recommend boosters for younger adolescents. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is expected to make the decision this week
The FDA also indicated that all people 12 years of age and older who are eligible for a booster dose can receive it starting five months after their last dose instead of six.
Vaccines still offer strong protection against serious illness of any kind due to COVID-19. But the health authorities exhort the population that is eligible to apply a reinforcement.
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