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The agency will also allow some immunocompromised children as young as age 5 to get an additional dose.

A 15-year-old receives a Covid-19 vaccine in Chicago. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

By LAUREN GARDNER

01/03/2022 10:15 AM EST

Updated: 01/03/2022 01:52 PM EST

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The Food and Drug Administration authorized Covid-19 booster shots Monday for adolescents ages 12-15, marking the latest step by the U.S. government to green-light more vaccine doses for younger Americans.

Regulators shortened the timeframe between completion of the primary vaccination series with the Pfizer-BioNTech shot — the only one authorized for anyone 12 and older — and when someone can get a booster to at least five months, down from six months. The FDA cited lab studies suggesting boosters improve individuals’ antibody response to the Omicron variant, as well as data of millions of Israeli citizens 16 and older who got boosters after at least five months as justification for tightening the window.

The agency will also allow some immunocompromised children as young as age 5 to get an additional dose.

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