Healthy Kids, Adolescents Do Not Need COVID-19 Booster, Says WHO Chief

Healthy Kids, Adolescents Do Not Need Covid-19 Booster, Says WHO Chief

( – In the United States, all kids ages 5 and up can receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Kids ages 12 and up are currently eligible for the booster shot, as well. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) doesn’t think the third shot is necessary, putting the recommendations at odds with one another.

On January 18, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said there’s no evidence to support healthy children receiving the COVID-19 booster shot. She went on to say more talks need to take place between experts to decide who should get the boosters but the point is to protect the people with the “highest risk of severe disease and dying.”

Dr. Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, acknowledged there’s a concern from people that officials are going to want them to get boosters every few months. He said he doesn’t have an answer as to whether regular boosters will be necessary for adults. But, he did say scientists might eventually recommend healthy people just get two and high-risk individuals receive get three.

The comments from the WHO officials are a direct contradiction of the United States’ vaccine policy. Instead of focusing on the most vulnerable, President Joe Biden’s administration is pushing the boosters on everyone – even kids. The question is: will US vaccine policy change based on this new direction from the WHO?

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