As authorized yesterday by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by its vaccine advisory committee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today recommended a single dose of the updated Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for Americans aged 12 and older, and one or two doses of the updated vaccines for previously vaccinated children aged six months through 4, at least two months after receipt of their last dose. The agency also recommended three doses of the updated Pfizer vaccine and two doses of the updated Moderna vaccine for unvaccinated children under age 5, as authorized by the FDA and recommended by the committee. CDC anticipates the updated vaccines will be available later this week.
“The public can be assured that these updated vaccines have met the agency’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality,” said Peter Marks, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “We very much encourage those who are eligible to consider getting vaccinated.”