Covid Boosters for 5-11-yrs-olds

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reportedly approved on “boosters for 5- to 11-year-olds following the independent vaccine advisers recommendation for an additional dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine following a primary series”, writes CNN Health.

A single Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine booster dose is recommended for persons ages 5-11 years at least 5 months after the primary series, under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization.

– US Food and Drug Administration (source: CNN Health)

According to the Pfizer, their clinical trials data showed that the booster doses raised Omicron-fighting antibodies by 36 times in this (5-11) age group. The trial that included 4,500 children ages 5 through 11 saw no new safety issues.

Dr. Sara Oliver, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and the lead for the Covid-19 vaccines ACIP Work Group, told CNN “Overall, the benefits of Covid vaccines continue to outweigh the risks as we continue to see, regardless of what age group is highlighted, receipt of the Covid vaccine primary series continues to be critically important for the prevention of severe Covid-19 morbidity and mortality and overall Covid-19 vaccine booster doses have been shown to increase protection against all outcomes in those 12 and over. It’s likely that children ages 5 through 11 would benefit from a Covid-19 vaccine booster dose.”

Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said in a statement “Today, I endorsed ACIP’s vote to expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. Children 5 through 11 should receive a booster dose at least 5 months after their primary series. Vaccination with a primary series among this age group has lagged behind other age groups leaving them vulnerable to serious illness.”

“Those 50 and older and those who are 12 and older and immunocompromised should get a second booster dose,” added Walensky.

“While older Americans have the highest coverage of any age group of first booster doses, most older Americans received their last dose (either their primary series or their first booster dose) many months ago, leaving many who are vulnerable without the protection they may need to prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death.”

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According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of May 20) 740,540,955 doses have been distributed and 583,478,451 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data a total of 9,959,305 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of May 19) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,490,445 with 12,584 deaths.