FDA Clears Updated COVID Boosters for Kids as Young as 5

An illustration of COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HYANNIS – The U.S. is about to offer updated COVID-19 booster shots to kids as young as five years old.

The tweaked boosters rolled out last month for Americans twelve and older — shots designed to target the omicron variants.

On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized kid-size versions for five to eleven-year-olds.

There’s one more step: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also must sign off. Officials hope to expand protection against an expected winter surge.

The updated shots contain half the recipe that targeted the original coronavirus strain and half protection against the dominant BA.4 and BA.5 omicron versions.

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, The Associated Press


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