COVID booster approved for children as young as 5

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending children between ages 5 and 11 get a COVID-19 booster shot.

That recommendation comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer booster for children in that age range.

A COVID-19 booster is the best way to keep the virus at bay, the FDA says.

UAB Hospital Pediatrician Dr. David Kimberlin said plenty of parents must have questions or concerns.

“I think the most important thing that parents who have questions have concerns should do is talk to their pediatrician,” Kimberlin said. “The pediatrician almost certainly will give a full-throated strong recommendation that any child 5 years of age and older, that is where the vaccines are authorized right now. Any child should have two doses of the vaccine and now with the recommendation (May 19) that should be followed with one booster.”

Kimberlin said he believes the FDA will begin looking at the COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 6 months old next month

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