Children age 5-11 receive vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Jace Quinones, 7, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Lansdale, Penn., last December.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday recommended the COVID-19 vaccine booster for children ages 5 to 11 after an advisory panel voted to back them, at least five months after completing their primary vaccination course.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement that she "endorsed" the vote by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices "to expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. Children 5 through 11 should receive a booster dose at least 5 months after their primary series."



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