Update on COVID-19 booster eligibility for children ages 5-11
Today, May 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended a pediatric booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11. This recommendation comes two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a single booster dose for this age group at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer vaccine.
The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup (WSSRW) will meet at 5 p.m. today to review and discuss the CDC recommendation. If the WSSRW recommends a booster dose for children ages 5 through 11, Oregon Governor Kate Brown will review the recommendation, with guidance from health experts, and make the final decision for the state.
If the booster dose recommendation passes these steps, the recommendation will be implemented in Oregon. Oregon Health Authority will distribute a special edition of the Coronavirus Update newsletter tomorrow, Friday, May 20, with the final decision. Presentation slides from today’s CDC meeting may be found here.