U.S. Expanding Pfizer’s COVID-19 Booster To 16 & 17 Year Old’s
Booster shots are now expanding for 16 and 17-year-old thanks to the FDA's approval of Pfizer's vaccine.
People over 65 were the first ones approved for booster vaccines. Then those who worked in places where lots of people gather. Then the FDA approved booster shots for those 18 to 64. Now the more active teenagers who are 16 and 17 have been approved for a booster. Everyone who got Johnson and Johnson's vaccine was approved for a booster with those 65 and older since their dose was lower than Pfizer and Moderna.
Now that the new variant Omnicron is spreading so rapidly, booster shots are expanding to younger-aged kids out of fear of them bringing the virus home to those who are older like their grandparents who could be more affected by catching the new variant.
According to WOOD, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must formally recommend the booster for this age group and a decision is expected soon.
At this time, Pfizer is the only company whose vaccine has been approved for anyone under 18-years-old. This goes for their first, second, or booster vaccine.
Pfizer is the only vaccine that has been approved for kids 5 and up. Moderna is still awaiting approvals along with other companies in the U.S. and around the world.
Even though Omicron is the new variant, the delta variant is still the version of COVID-19 that is causing the most problems in the U.S. Right now, Michigan is still leading the country with the most current infections and deaths.
Until more testing is done, it is still not clear how vaccines will hold up against these variants that keep popping up. For now, there is proof that booster shots are at least offering Michiganders their best line of defense.
If you need to get vaccinated or a booster, here are some links to get signed up:
Looks like I better set up my booster shot sometime before the holidays.