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On Monday, Pfizer requested emergency use approval for its updated COVID-19 booster vaccine targeting the Omicron variant in children aged 5 to 11 years.

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The latest booster shot, which is half the original formula and half targeted to Omicron, was released to everyone aged 12 and over earlier this month.

Children under 12 receive just 10 mcg per dose, which is about a third of the dose given to teenagers and adults.

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According to the CDC, only about 4.4 million Americans have received an Omicron booster since it was approved on September 1st.

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Families are also slow to administer primary doses of the vaccine to their youngest children. Only about 38.4% of children aged 5 to 11 received at least one dose, and only 31.4% are fully vaccinated.

A nurse prepares a Pfizer vaccine for children.

The introduction of the omicron vaccine for primary school children came after President Joe Biden announced the end of the pandemic.

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“We still have a problem with COVID. We are still working on it a lot. But the pandemic is over,” Biden said in an interview with 60 Minutes that aired about a week ago.

“If you notice, no one is wearing masks. Everything seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing.”