US CDC Panel Moves To Simplify Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Recommendations
Citing considerations of simplification, implementation and equity, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices says everyone ages ≥50 years should get an mRNA vaccine booster dose and recommends all individuals ≥18 years have the option of getting one, without regard to occupational exposure or underlying medical conditions.
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Not only should children age 12 to 15 get a booster, but 16- and 17-year-olds who previously 'may' get a booster, now also 'should' get one, the CDC advisory committee said.
Decision to allow boosters for 12- to 15-year-old recipients of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will go before CDC's ACIP, but like several other recent changes for COVID vaccines, the US FDA opted to skip its advisory committee.
‘If I had been in the room, I would have voted yes,’ CDC director says of ACIP. ‘This was a scientific close call. ... And that was how my recommendations came out after listening to all of their scientific deliberations.’