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Photo: MilanMarkovic78 (Shutterstock) The FDA and CDC announced yesterday that Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot can now be used as a booster for 16- and 17-year-olds. Until now, boosters were only approved for ages 18 and up. Pfizer, you’ll recall, was the first COVID vaccine that was authorized—and is now fully approved —for people ages 16 and up (and is now emergency-use authorized for kids ages 5-15). The other COVID vaccines are for people 18 and up. But the rules and recommendations for boosters didn’t include 16 and 17-year-olds at all, until now. The CDC recommendations now say that everyone 18 and up should get a booster, while 16- and 17-year-olds can get a booster. (The language around boosters has been getting stronger each time the recommendations are tweaked. At first, people over 65 were a “should” and most others were a “may.”) The options for teens are a bit different than those for adults, since Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine approved for people under 18: If you are over 18 and originally got Pfizer or Moderna, you can get any vaccine as a booster. If you are 16 or 17, you would have originally gotten Pfizer, and your only booster option is Pfizer. People younger than 16 are still not recommended to receive a booster. Don’t be surprised if this changes eventually. If you (or your child) got a Pfizer vaccine at age 17 and are now 18, you don’t have to stick with Pfizer for the booster. Recommendations […]