CDC approves COVID-19 boosters for children between ages 5-11
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given the go-ahead on COVID-19 booster shots for children between the ages of 5 to 11.
Medical experts say with coronavirus infections once again rising, it's a "logical next step."
"We have seen a very similar process with the approval for kids 12 and older," says Matthew Harris, medical director for Northwell Health's COVID-19 vaccine program. "We know that the vaccine efficacy wanes after several months and the booster has been shown to increase your neutralizing antibodies six-fold in general and 36-fold in response to Omicron."
However, statistics from the state show that only around 30% of those ages 5 to 11 have received the initial two doses of the vaccine.
Harris hopes that changes to prevent children in the area from getting sick.
Larisa Ilyayeva, of South Bellmore, has not vaccinated her children and says she doesn't plan to any time soon, despite urges from health officials.
"I think they test it on our kids now and I don't want to know what is going to happen with my son, later, maybe not now, but after five years," Ilyayeva says. "I don't want to know, so I am absolutely negative about it."