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WHO says no evidence healthy children, adolescents need COVID-19 boosters

January 19, 2022

At present, there is no evidence that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a news briefing, she said that while there seems to be some waning of vaccine immunity over time against the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus, more research is needed to determine who needs a booster shot.

“There is currently no evidence that healthy children or heavy adolescents need boosters. No evidence at all,” he said.

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