FDA Okaying Pfizer COVID Boosters For Five To 11-Year-Olds

(Washington, DC) — The FDA is green-lighting Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 boosters for younger children. It’s granting emergency use authorization for kids ages five to 11 years old no sooner than five months after they’ve completed their primary vaccine series. Pfizer requested the EAU last month, citing company data showing that a third COVID shot boosts antibodies by 36 times in this younger age group. Studies by the CDC and the New York State Department of Health found that the effectiveness of the two dose regimen for children ages five to 11 dropped from 68-percent to 12-percent during the Omicron surge. However, two doses continued to protect against more severe illness.