A team of scientific advisers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended Pfizer’s coronavirus booster for children aged 12 to 17 on Wednesday. He justified this with the rising tide of infections among adolescents and young adults.
With the rapid spread of the highly infectious Covid-19 strain, Omikron, public health officials recognized additional doses of the vaccine as the first line of defense. If CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky approves the committee’s recommendations, children 12 to 15 years of age may begin booster doses immediately.
Adolescents 16 years of age and older were already allowed to receive booster injections, but a decision by the CDS panel reinforced this recommendation on Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Pfizer booster vaccinations for adolescents and shortened the recommended time interval between the initial immunization and the booster dose. Immunocompromised children aged 5 to 11 should receive it 28 days after the second injection.
While the advisory team focused their debate on the possible risks and side effects of the vaccine, Harvard Medical School’s Professor Camille Kotton, which specializes in transplantology and immunocompromised patients, said the focus should be on the disease itself. It has a devastating effect on vulnerable and immunocompromised patients.
This is terrible. The highly contagious nature of the Omicron is such that patients who have been extremely cautious over the past two years have contracted it with terrible consequences Harvard professor remarked.
Several members of the team expressed growing concern that only a minority of younger children were vaccinated. They pressed to increase their percentage and to follow other precautions, such as wearing face masks.
“We can’t put the entire burden on people who want to get vaccinated. When only half of the teens are vaccinated, it adds to the (health care) burden,” quotes the New York Times from committee member Lynn Bahty, a nurse at the State Department of Health in Minnesota.
According to CDC estimates, in America, more than 70 percent. people 12 and older are fully vaccinated. Children under 5 are still not eligible.