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IDSA Supports Pediatric Boosters

The Infectious Diseases Society of America supports decisions by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for children ages 5-11 who have already completed the two-shot primary series. This is welcome news as COVID-19 cases have been rising quickly across the country, and data show the booster provides needed protection.

Less than 30% of children ages 5-11 in the United States have received their primary COVID-19 vaccine series, and it is critical that clinicians, public health agencies and families prioritize getting the COVID-19 vaccine. More resources are needed to enable equitable vaccine access for all children.

Vaccination, including getting a booster shot when appropriate, is the best way to prevent serious illness and death.

IDSA urges everyone not to delay – now is the time to get vaccinated.

Daniel P. McQuillen, MD, FIDSA – President, Infectious Diseases Society of America

About IDSA
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is a community of over 12,000 physicians, scientists, and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Its purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases. Learn more at

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