US authorizes COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for kids ages 5 to 11. Next step: CDC recommendation later this week. | WHEC.com

US authorizes COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for kids ages 5 to 11. Next step: CDC recommendation later this week.

AP
Updated: May 17, 2022 10:57 AM
Created: May 17, 2022 10:38 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. regulators have authorized a COVID-19 vaccine booster for healthy children ages 5 to 11.

Everyone 12 and older already was supposed to get one booster dose for the best protection against the newest variants of the coronavirus. Some people, including those 50 and older, can choose a second booster. The Food and Drug Administration’s action Tuesday now opens a third shot to elementary-age kids, too -- at least five months after their last dose.

There is one more hurdle. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must decide whether to formally recommend the booster for this age group. 


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