FDA approves Covid-19 booster shots for kids as young as 5

FDA approves Covid-19 booster shots for kids as young as 5

The US CDC has approved the use of updated Covid-19 boosters for children as young as 5.

The US Food and Drug Administration extended the shots’ emergency use authorization to include the age group.

Children and teens can now receive booster doses from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech.

It is required that they have taken the primary vaccine series or the last booster doses at least two months ago.

Authorities have called on parents to consider primary vaccination for children and then follow-up with the updated booster.

Earlier, the updated Pfizer/BioNTech booster received authorization for use in children ages 5 to 11. It was given as a 10-microgram dose.

As of September 2022, over 367 million Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US.

Additionally, 108,806,974 people or 33% of the US population have received a booster dose.