Laredo offers booster shots for COVID-19 for children over 5 years
Laredo offers booster shots for COVID-19 for children over 5 years

Laredo offers booster shots for COVID-19 for children over 5 years

The Laredo Health Department announced Friday that they have begun offering COVID-19 booster shots to children ages 5-11.

The booster is highly recommended and can be administered at least five months after the end of the first two doses.

“FDA / CDC pediatric booster approval ensures a higher level of COVID-19 protection among children over the summer and when they return to school in the fall,” said Laredo Health Director Dr. Richard Chamberlain. “We continue to encourage our community to be vaccinated; vaccines work, vaccines are safe and vaccines save lives. Stay up to date with your vaccines.”

Despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic pressure has been eased, as the US Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said variants remain an issue. The health authority Dr. Victor Trevino indicated that while the numbers are low, variant BA2.12.1 is still a problem. As of May 11, he said the variant accounted for 40% of total cases in the United States and would eventually come to Laredo.

In the latest data from the city’s health department, 49 COVID cases have been reported over the past seven days.

Further variants in South Africa are being investigated so he shows caution as the pandemic is not over but the city is a better place compared to the first rise of the omicron variant. Both Chamberlain and Trevino emphasize the importance of vaccination in all age groups, as reflected by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

“Vaccination with a primary series among this age group has lagged behind other age groups, making them vulnerable to serious illness,” Walensky told CNBC News. “I urge parents to keep their children up to date with the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.”

According to the CDC, over 4.8 million children aged 5-11 had COVID-19, over 15,000 were hospitalized and over 180 died.

Harvard University epidemiologist William Hanage told NPR that the variant has the benefit of a mutation that can help it evade the immune system and led to it growing rapidly in some places. In April, they reported that between variants BA2.12 and BA.2.12.1, variants accounted for 90% of cases in New York.

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