FDA authorizes COVID-19 Omicron boosters for kids as young as 5

Vials of the Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccine await usage.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized COVID-19 Omicron booster shots for children as young as five, taking an additional step to help kids stay protected against the virus.

In a statement, the FDA said it had cleared the updated booster from Pfizer and its partner BioNTech for children ages five to 11. The agency also authorized the updated booster from Moderna for children ages six to 17.

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Justin Klawans, The Week US

 Justin Klawans has worked as a staff writer at The Week since 2022. He began his career covering local news before joining Newsweek as a breaking news reporter, where he wrote about politics, national and global affairs, business, crime, sports, film, television and other Hollywood news. Justin has also freelanced for outlets including Collider and United Press International.