US Regulator Approves Booster Shot for Adolescents

US 12- to 15-year-olds can get a booster shot from Pfizer/BioNTech now that the FDA has approved the drug. The regulator also gave the green light for the third shot in children aged 5 to 11 with reduced resistance.

 

According to the FDA, the drug is safe for these groups. That judgment is based, among other things, on data from Israel.

From now on, everyone can get a booster shot five months after the last vaccination, a month shorter than was the case until now. The New York Times reported last week that these decisions were imminent.

The authorities are concerned about the increase in the number of infections with the omikron variant. In the past week, 10 million people in the US were diagnosed with Covid-19, a record.

Booster shots can give the immune system a boost, according to laboratory studies. More than seven in ten Americans over the age of 12 have been vaccinated twice against the coronavirus.

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