CDC Recommends Kids 5-11 Receive Booster Shot

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FILE - A nurse holds a vial of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, right, and a vial of the vaccine for adults, which has a different colored label, at a vaccination station in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. U.S. regulators authorized a COVID-19 booster shot for healthy 5- to 11-year-olds on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, hoping an extra vaccine dose will enhance their protection as infections once again are on the rise. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
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The CDC is now recommending children ages five through 11 receive a booster shot five months after their initial Pfizer vaccine.

According to the CDC, more than 4.8 million children ages five through 11 have been diagnosed with COVID, 15,000 have been hospitalized, and over 180 have died since the pandemic began. As cases increase across the country, the CDC says the additional booster dose will safely help restore and enhance protection against severe disease.

In addition, the CDC is recommending that those 12 and older who are immunocompromised and anyone 50 and older should receive a second booster dose at least four months after their first.

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