Brazil recommending Covid boosters to teenagers

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The Brazilian Health Ministry is now recommending teenagers aged 12 to 17 take Covid boosters, according to an ordinance issued on Friday. 

According to the government, the third shot must be administered four months after the second one — with preference for using the Pfizer vaccine, regardless of which immunizer was used for the first two doses. If there is a lack of shots, then the Sinovac vaccine must be used instead. 

The same guidelines for boosters apply to pregnant and puerperal women.

Last year, the Health Ministry was skeptical about immunizing teenagers against Covid but has changed its stance after public pressure. The new guidance comes as coronavirus infections and deaths have seen an uptick in the country.