Covid-19: CDC recommends Pfizer boosters for ages 12 to 15 in US

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The US is urging that everyone 12 and older get a Covid-19 booster as soon as they’re eligible, to help fight back the hugely contagious Omicron mutant that’s ripping through the country.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging that Americans 12 and older to get a Covid-19 booster as soon as they’re eligible, to help fight back the hugely contagious Omicron mutant that’s ripping through the country.

Boosters already were encouraged for all Americans 16 and older, but Wednesday the CDC endorsed an extra Pfizer shot for younger teens – those 12 to 15 – and strengthened its recommendation that 16 and 17-year-olds get it, too.

“It is critical that we protect our children and teens from Covid-19 infection and the complications of severe disease,” Dr Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director, said in a statement Wednesday night.

“This booster dose will provide optimised protection against Covid-19 and the Omicron variant. I encourage all parents to keep their children up to date with CDC’s Covid-19 vaccine recommendations,” she said.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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