Moderna filed two separate FDA authorization requests, one for adolescents ages 12 to 17 and another for kids ages 6 to 11. The Boston biotech company said it will also ask the FDA to clear the shots for the youngest children, 6 months through 5-years-old, later this year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a document published Tuesday, expects children to become eligible for the omicron boosters by mid-October pending authorization by the FDA. The CDC’s vaccine advisory committee has meetings scheduled for October 19 and 20.
Pfizer told the CDC advisory committee earlier this month that it expects to ask the FDA to authorize omicron boosters for children ages 5 to 11 in early October.
U.S. health regulators cleared Moderna’s omicron boosters for adults earlier this month. Pfizer’s boosters were authorized for people ages 12 and older.