CDC gives new booster guidance
TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) - On Tuesday, the CDC shortened the interval for when many people can receive the booster shot. The time went from six months to now five months because of the increase of COVID cases seen around the world.
According to the new CDC recommendations, children 5-11 that are immunocompromised are now recommended to get a third vaccine dose.
Dr. Flavia Rossi, FAAP pediatrician at Affinity Pediatrics and medical director of pediatrics at Southwell, said she recommends Pfizer for both children and adults.
“The FDA approved the COVID booster to be given to 12 years and up and the FDA authorized a third vaccine dose as part of the primary series of shots for children ages 5-11 who are immunocompromised,” Rossi says.
Immunocompromised means your immune system doesn’t work as well as others for several different health-related reasons. Pfizer was the brand offered to children earlier this year. She also recommends the Pfizer booster for adults.
Rossi said Pfizer is what doctors give to the children, but the booster can be paired with any of the vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
She says the booster shot is completely safe and effective. She encourages parents to get their children vaccinated and to continue to follow those basic CDC guidelines to help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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