US advisory committee advises booster doses for children 12 to 17 years old


More and more children are hospitalized for COVID-19, as the spread of the Omicron variant intensifies.

More and more children are hospitalized for COVID-19, as the spread of the Omicron variant intensifies.

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A scientific committee that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved a recommendation that the booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine be given to children between the ages of 12 and 17.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent body of the CDC, supported with 13 votes in favor and one against expanding the recommendation of the booster dose to adolescents of those ages.

Now the recommendation must be signed by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky to make it official.

In the approved text, ACIP advises that the additional dose of Pfizer vaccine be administered within five months of receiving the full regimen.

Two days ago, the Food and Drug Administration de USA (FDA, in English) gave the green light to Pfizer’s booster vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15.

The measure coincides with the increase in COVID cases in the country as a result of the Omicron variant and the return of millions of students to classrooms after the Christmas holidays.

Precisely today, The White House insisted that students should return to face-to-face education in schools, despite the increase in infections and resistance from teachers in places like Chicago, where classes in person were suspended on Wednesday.

According to data from The Washington Post, most of the schools in the US returned to face-to-face education on Monday or intend to do so throughout this week, although there are exceptions in Cleveland (Ohio), Atlanta (Georgia) or Newark (New Jersey).

About 5,000,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 are candidates for the booster dose, having completed the minimum period of five months since they received the complete guideline.

Of the 16,700,000 teens in the United States, about 8,600,000 are fully immunized.

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