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Children aged 5-11 can soon get COVID-19 booster

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Children aged 5-11 can soon get COVID-19 booster

Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) Children aged 5 to 11 who have already received at least two Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines will be able to get a booster shot against COVID-19 starting Friday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on Monday.

Children aged 6 to 11 will be eligible to get the second-generation Moderna bivalent COVID-19 vaccine targeting the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants as a booster and those between the ages of 5 and 6 can get the Pfizer-BioNTech monovalent vaccine, said CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) at a press briefing.

It will be the first time booster shots will be accessible in Taiwan to children in those age groups, Chuang said.

He cautioned, however, that those children should wait at least 84 days from their previous COVID-19 vaccine before getting a booster, Chuang said, citing the recommendation of Taiwan's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Oct. 27.

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