Infectious Disease

Pfizer seeks EUA for omicron booster in young children

December 06, 2022

1 min read

ADD TOPIC TO EMAIL ALERTS

Receive an email when new articles are posted on

Please provide your email address to receive an email when new articles are posted on . ” data-action=subscribe> Subscribe

We were unable to process your request. Please try again later. If you continue to have this issue please contact customerservice@slackinc.com.

Back to Healio

Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking an emergency use authorization from the FDA for omicron BA.4/BA.5-adapted bivalent COVID-19 vaccines in children aged 6 months to 4 years.

The companies announced in a press release that they are suggesting a primary series consisting of two 3-µg doses of their original COVID-19 vaccine, followed by a third, 3-µg dose of the omicron BA.4/BA.5-adapted bivalent vaccine.

Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking an EUA for a bivalent omicron booster for children aged 6 months to 4 years. Source: Adobe Stock

“With the high level of respiratory illnesses currently circulating among children under 5 years of age, updated COVID-19 vaccines may help prevent severe illness and hospitalization,” the companies said in the release.

In mid-October, the FDA granted EUAs for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s omicron boosters for older children and teens.

As of Nov. 30, the CDC reported that 1.8 million children aged 6 months to 4 years in the United States had received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, representing 10% of that population. About 15.3 million children in that age group have yet to receive their first dose.

According to the AAP, 28,604 new pediatric COVID-19 cases were reported in the US during the week ending Dec. 1, representing 10.8% of all weekly reported cases. This amount brings the total number of child cases reported to 15,036,663.

References:

AAP. Children and COVID-19: State-level data report. https://www.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/children-and-covid-19-state-level-data-report/. Published Dec. 1, 2022. Accessed Dec. 5, 2022.

AAP. Summary of data publicly reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/children-and-covid-19-vaccination-trends/. Published Nov. 30, 2022. Accessed Oct. 12, 2022.

ADD TOPIC TO EMAIL ALERTS

Receive an email when new articles are posted on

Please provide your email address to receive an email when new articles are posted on . ” data-action=subscribe> Subscribe

We were unable to process your request. Please try again later. If you continue to have this issue please contact customerservice@slackinc.com.

Back to Healio

COVID-19 virus graphic thin banner

COVID-19 Resource Center

Related Articles