It’s been just reported that the FDA has just authorized the covid vaccine boosters for children aged 5 and above. Check out the latest reports revealed by the online publication The Guardian.
FDA authorizes covid vaccine boosters
Accoridng to the latest reports, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just authorized Covid-19 vaccine boosters for children who are five years old and above.
It’s also worth noting the fact that the Moderna vaccine has been approved for children six years and older, while kids as young as five can get the Pfizer vaccine.
“The impact of long Covid for all countries is very serious and needs immediate and sustained action equivalent to its scale,” Tedros said.
These latest reports come about a year after the Center for Disease Control recommended the first round of vaccines for children five to 11 years old.
Both of these vaccines have seen their approval in their ambivalent form. More than that, it’s also worth noting that after the announcement that has been released today, the monovalent version of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is no longer qualified for a booster dose.
The Guardian states the following about this:
“A monovalent vaccine has a small portion of the original mRNA strain of the virus, which is often referred to as the “ancestral strain”; the bivalent vaccine contains portions of the newer version of the virus, such as the BA.4 and BA.5, in addition to the ancestral strain.”
Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the FDA, said that covid is still dangerous and it remains a “potential for increased risk” in exposure.
“While it has largely been the case that Covid-19 tends to be less severe in children than adults, as the various waves of Covid-19 have occurred, more children have gotten sick with the disease and have been hospitalized,” he said, quoted by ABC News.