The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering Pfizer’s bivalent covid booster for children as young as five ahead of winter ……but even adults don’t want it!
CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, signed off on the updated Covid jabs only hours after the Food and Drug Administration authorized them on Wednesday this week.
Officials are now trying to persuade parents let their five to 11-year-olds get a single dose of the updated shot before winter to protect them against the Omicron variant.
Children aged six and above can also get Moderna’s bivalent booster. According to the CDC, both new jabs offer better protection against the new Omicron variants than previous jabs.
However, several experts have said there is little or no need to inoculate children, pointing out that they face a vanishingly low risk of serious illness and death from the virus.
Meanwhile in the UK, children under the age of 12 have been banned from having covid vaccines..
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said that the offer of covid jabs to healthy five to 11-year-olds was only ever meant to be temporary.
The Mail Online reports: Official estimates suggest more than eight in 10 children under 17 already have antibodies against Covid – either from a jab or previous infection.
It comes amid a sluggish booster rollout among adults.
Before today’s announcement, just six per cent of Americans 12 and older who were eligible for the bivalent boosters had come forward for one.