CDC Recommends Pfizer Booster at 5 Months, Additional Primary Dose for Certain Immunocompromised Children
The CDC is updating their recommendation for when many people can receive a booster shot. Everyone 12+ is recommended to receive a booster shot. Children 12-17 years old are now recommended to receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. Adults 18+ can get a booster dose of any COVID vaccine (Moderna and Pfizer are preferred), but only a Pfizer booster is approved for children 12-17 years of age.
The booster interval recommendation for people who received the J&J vaccine (2 months) or the Moderna vaccine (6 months), has not changed.
COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses
Additionally, consistent with the prior recommendation for adults, the CDC is recommending that moderately or severely immunocompromised 5–11-year-olds receive an additional primary dose of vaccine 28 days after their second shot. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for children aged 5-11.
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