FDA Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shots for Young Teens as Omicron Surges
On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine booster shot for children as young as 12.
Booster shots had already been approved for everyone 16 and older.
The FDA also said everyone 12 or older may receive their booster shot as early as five months after their last dose, rather than the original six months.
Said FDA vaccine chief, Dr. Peter Marks, the decision was made because the booster shots "may help provide better protection against both the delta and omicron variants." This is important as the omicron variant is "slightly more resistant" to the vaccine antibodies.
Israel tracked over 6,300 12 to 15-year olds that received the booster shot and found no serious safety concerns.
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