Massachusetts Medical Society: COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 Years Old

COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 Years Old

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children between the ages of 5 and 11 years receive the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5–11-year-olds is a new product configuration with new packaging, new preparation, and a new national drug code (NDC). The current Pfizer-BioNTech product for adults and adolescents should not be used in children.

For some immunocompromised children aged 5–11 years old, CDC now recommends an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to complete the primary series – a total of three doses.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all children and adolescents 5 years of age and older who do not have contraindications.

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