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3 vaccine updates parents need to know as kids go back to school: From COVID to monkeypox

From Pfizer's updated COVID booster to the monkeypox vaccine, here's what parents need to know as their children go back to school.

CLEVELAND — It’s back to school for students and teachers, which also means back to germs. With different variants of COVID still in play and the emergence of monkeypox, how can we keep our kids safe in the classroom?

3News’ Austin Love has three vaccine updates from COVID-19 to monkeypox that parents should know...

#1: Pfizer's updated COVID booster

Pfizer is asking the FDA to authorize an updated version of its COVID booster, which targets the BA.5 subvariant. The request would cover people ages 12 and older. The agency is expected to grant emergency-use authorization some time in September.

RELATED: COVID vaccines for fall: Pfizer seeks OK of updated boosters

#2: Novavax vaccine

The FDA has approved the Novavax vaccine for children ages 12-17. The news comes after the company was given emergency-use authorization in July.

RELATED: No, the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine isn’t authorized as a booster shot yet

#3: Monkeypox and the vaccine

The White House says that 1.8 million monkeypox vaccines are available for states. In order to stretch the supply, they’re using a new method of injection by inserting the needle at a shallow angle into the skin’s surface. This would allow them to split each dose to give more people the opportunity to receive a vaccine.

RELATED: Summit County Public Health creates monkeypox vaccine waiting list: See the four tiers of distribution eligibility

Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on Aug. 23, 2022.

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