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Booster authorization for kids over 12 to help fight current coronavirus wave

Kids Vaccine age 5-11 Radys
Rady Children’s Hospital
A child gets the Pfizer vaccine at Rady Children's Hospital, Nov. 3, 2021.

Monday morning, as many local schools reopened after the holiday break in the midst of another coronavirus wave, the FDA announced its authorization for booster shots in children ages 12 through 15.

The CDC must weigh in before the recommendation takes effect.

Pediatric infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Sawyer joined KPBS Midday Edition on Monday to talk about the latest news and what it means for San Diego kids.

"This is good news for younger kids cause we can now protect them better from the omicron variant," Sawyer said.

The Rady Children's Hospital pediatrician said that while more local children are getting vaccinated, roughly only about a quarter of children 5 to 11 years old have been fully vaccinated to this point.

"We have certainly seen an uptick, but we are way behind in the 5- to 11-year old age bracket," Sawyer said. "So we have a long ways to go, particularly as school starts to reopen and kids crowd back together in the classroom."