SILVER SPRING, MD – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine booster for children ages 12-15, five months after they have received their second dose. The following statement is attributable to American Nurses Association (ANA) President Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN:
“Surging cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant along with increasing flu infections are stalling our efforts to keep schools and communities open, to continue extracurricular activities and hobbies, and to relieve exhausted nurses and overwhelmed health care facilities. It is imperative that parents and families connect with a pediatrician, a nurse, or a nurse practitioner to gather the facts and ensure that their loved ones are safe and protected. The availability of safe and effective vaccines remains one of our strongest defenses against preventable viruses and severe symptoms. Don't delay - get your children vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu. And if they are eligible, make an appointment as soon as possible for them get a COVID-19 booster.”
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