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CDC Endorses Boosters for Younger Adolescents 

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On Jan. 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the recommendation made earlier that day by its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that eligibility for a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine be expanded to ages 12-15.   

This CDC move follows the Jan. 3 action by the Food and Drug Administration expanding the emergency use authorization for a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster for those in this age group. With this latest action, the CDC now recommends that ages 12-17 receive a booster shot five months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine series.  

At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for ages 12-17.