The New Mexico Department of Health recommends children ages 5 to 11 receive a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine when it’s their turn.

This recommendation came just a few days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer booster doses for kids in that age range on Tuesday.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted Thursday to recommend COVID-19 booster doses for everyone age 5 and older.

“My grandchildren are the joy of my life, and I want to do all I can to keep them safe,” David R. Scrase, acting Department of Health secretary, said in a press release. “All New Mexicans and their families have the tools to fight increasingly contagious variants, and getting a booster when eligible is right at the top.”

According to NMDOH’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard, 32.2 percent of New Mexico children ages 5 to 11 have completed their primary COVID-19 vaccination series as of Tuesday. Additionally, 39.9 percent of that age group has received at least their first dose of the primary vaccination series.

Pfizer’s the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for children ages 5 to 11. They must wait at least five months after getting their second dose of before they receive a booster dose.

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