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Federal COVID-19 Recommendations Change Regarding Boosters, Quarantine

By Net Assets posted 20 days ago

  
(from CNN) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday expanded the emergency use authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine boosters to children ages 12 to 15.
The agency also shortened the time needed before receiving a booster shot from at least six months after completion of the initial series to at least five months, for everyone 12 and older. These recommendations come after an FDA review of real-world data from Israel that showed there were "no new safety concerns" in expanding boosters to adolescents or shortening the timeframe between the initial series and a booster dose. The rapid rise in cases across the country made it clear that the benefits of expanding booster eligibility clearly outweighed the risks, FDA leaders said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday shortened the recommended times that people should isolate when they've tested positive for Covid-19 from 10 days to five days if they don't have symptoms -- and if they wear a mask around others for at least five more days. The CDC also shortened the recommended time for people to quarantine if they are exposed to the virus to a similar five days if they are vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated and boosted may not need to quarantine at all, the CDC said. People whose symptoms are getting better may also leave their homes after five days so long as their symptoms are improving, the CDC said. People who have a fever should stay home until the fever clears up, the CDC added.

More from CNN on vaccine boosters for 12-15 year olds and new quarantine recommendations

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