A CDC release says that as of March 2020, more than 4.8 million children ages 5 to 11 nationwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, including 15,000 hospitalized and more than 180 children have died.
The CDC is expanding Pfizer’s booster eligibility for children ages 5 to 11 and is urging the recommendation for children ages 12 and older who are immunocompromised to receive a second booster shot.
The health agency recommends that children ages 5 to 11 receive the booster shot at least five months after their second dose.
dr Jim Versalovic, chief pathologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, said most children do not appear to experience any adverse or serious reactions to the children’s booster shots.
“I think it’s still important to consider that booster dose beyond five months,” said Dr. Versalovic. “Parents might wait a little longer if a child has recently had a breakthrough infection. That’s perfectly reasonable because their immune systems were activated during the infection, so I think it’s something they’d like to discuss with their pediatrician, knowing that Texas Children’s is willing to make specific recommendations for children with health conditions.”
dr Linda Yancey, an infectious disease specialist at Memorial Hermann, said it’s important for parents to remember that it will take a few weeks for the vaccine to work as they prepare for the summer.
“Children are less likely to get severe COVID, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune,” said Dr. Yancey. “We have seen very severe cases in children. You roll the dice with an unvaccinated child. It is therefore highly recommended that you get your children vaccinated and keep your children brushed up, especially now that cases are increasing in the Houston area.”
More information on the latest CDC recommendations can be found here. Parents of 5-11 year olds can also visit Texas Children’s Hospital online to schedule this booster dose appointment at their nearest Texas Children’s Pediatrics office.
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