FDA Approves Pfizer's COVID Vaccine For Children 5-11 Years Old

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The CDC is expected to supply its proposal Tuesday.

The FDA has granted exigency usage for Pfizer's mRNA vaccine for children 5-11 years old. 

Health experts person been saying for months that children's vaccinations volition play a large relation toward herd immunity. There's astir 28 cardinal simple school-aged kids successful the U.S.

"I would get them vaccinated now," FDA Acting Commissioner Jane Woodcock said. "I would not privation to instrumentality the hazard that they would beryllium 1 of the ones who would make agelong COVID, who would make multi-system inflammatory syndrome oregon person to beryllium hospitalized from from the virus."

"Among each children ages 5 to 11, COVID-19 was 1 of the apical 10 causes of decease successful the United States implicit the past year," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said. 

It comes astatine a clip erstwhile 2 retired of 3 parents program to get their kid a COVID vaccine.

One father, Eugene, said: "I privation to spot much progression and much more statistic connected behalf of the vaccination earlier I adjacent bash it."

A mother, Louise Korsick, said: "We are each for the vaccine. As soon arsenic she turns 5 oregon they get approved earlier we volition decidedly spell for it."

The Pfizer changeable is astir 90% effectual astatine preventing symptomatic infection. It's a 3rd of the dose of adults — 10 micrograms — and it's fixed 3 weeks apart. Each time, a changeable to the enarthrosis muscle.

"Everything that I've seen has shown that the vaccine successful these younger kids, it's the aforesaid benignant of broadside effects, the aforesaid severity," Dr. Rick Kennedy with the Mayo Clinic said. "They're truly mild. They're the reasonably communal ones. It's precisely what we expected."

Children's hospitals, pediatricians and wellness centers are already preparing for getting the shots into arms. That includes letting parents cognize what to expect, particularly for kids who don't similar needles.

"We person a buzzy that distracts your nerves truthful that you don't know," pediatrician Dr. Sharon Stoolman said. "It looks similar a small bumblebee, but it benignant of vibrates connected the skin. We person acold spray."

Now the determination goes to the CDC. Its adept sheet meets Tuesday. If Walensky signs disconnected soon after, shots for 5- to 11-year-olds could commencement Wednesday, making them afloat vaccinated by Christmas.