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A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory board voted Thursday to recommend letting children ages 5 to 11 receive a third dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine shots, two days after the Food and Drug Administration approved boosters for the age group.

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The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 11 to 1 to recommend signing off boosters, with one member abstaining, according to Bloomberg.

The committee’s recommendation is nonbinding, and will be finalized if it gets CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s sign off.

If the recommendation is approved, children between 5 and 11 will be able to receive a Pfizer booster shot five months after receiving the primary two-dose round.

Walensky gave the greenlight for children ages 5 to 11 to receive an initial round of Pfizer vaccine shots in Novemberleaving a six-month gap for the first wave of children to receive a vaccine.

A third dose of Pfizer’s vaccine improved protection against the coronavirus in younger children, according to research cited by the pharmaceutical company.

Children between 12 and 15 were permitted to receive a booster in January,