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COVID-19 Vaccination Updates- November 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Updates- November 2021

Since the Cold FAid® blog on antibody production from COVID-19 vaccinations, there have been many updates regarding the recommendations for US citizens. Authorization for vaccines with children aged from 5-11 and booster shots for certain groups have been approved by the CDC and FDA. 

On October 29, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized vaccines for children ages 5-11. On November 2, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations which became available around November 3. In their media statement, the CDC described the rise in COVID-19 cases in children during the summer in conjunction with the rise of Delta Variant spread. This vaccine has gone through intensive clinical trials to assess its safety. Results show the vaccine as 90.7% effective in preventing severe infection, hospitalization, and death. With children receiving vaccinations, this will help to increase the amount of widespread vaccinations across the US. As with adults, children will receive two doses of the vaccine within three weeks. However, children are receiving a dose that is ⅓ the volume. PBS created a resource answering questions from parents about the vaccination for 5-11 year olds. Overall, the CDC continues to reinforce that the  benefits of vaccinating your child outweigh the risk of waiting. 

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson booster vaccines have been authorized by the CDC and the FDA for people 65 or older as well as anyone 18 and older who live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions or work/live in high-risk settings. The oversight agencies also recommend that all people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine receive a booster shot. While vaccinations continue to remain effective, waning immunity has been noted, as seen through this Israeli study. With a booster, the number of antibodies within clinical study participants were found to increase. The CDC also has allowed people to “Mix and Match” vaccines, permitting recipients to choose which booster to receive. For more information about the three fully approved vaccines, here is data from the CDC. To find a vaccination site near you, check out vaccines.gov.

We, at Cold FAid®, hope you and your family remain educated about vaccinations and their critical importance. ‘Tis the season to stay protected and protect others. 


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