Covid-19 vaccine raises Omicron antibodies

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Quoting Pfizer-BioNTech, the maker of Covid-19 vaccine, NBC News writes that the children dose of vaccine reportedly raised Covid antibodies in children ages 5 to 11. Additional shots given after six months of two-dose primary shots, raised antibodies to sixfold.

“A third shot of the children’s dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine raised Omicron-fighting antibodies by 36 times in kids 5 through 11 years of age” writes CNN Health referring to Thursday’s news release by the company.

Pfizer and BioNTech reportedly told CNN that they plan to ask the FDA for an emergency use authorization, or EUA, for a booster dose for children in this age group “in the coming days”.

Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto, told NBC News “Antibodies generated from a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine in adults wane after about four months, and the same phenomenon could occur in kids”.

Protection against infection is the ideal, but it doesn’t appear that we’re going to have a very effective campaign in doing so based on everything we know about how these vaccines work.

– Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist (source: NBC News)

CNN Health reminds its reader that ‘the primary series of two doses was authorized by the FDA for emergency use in this age group in October. Booster doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine are already authorized for people age 12 and older.’

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of April 15, 9 p.m.) 716,587,745 doses have been distributed and 568,313,997 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data a total of 9,672,490 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of April 15) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,437,638 with 12,464 deaths.