CDC Approves Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11
Late Tuesday, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky endorsed the recommendation to vaccinate children ages 5-11 against Covid-19.
This was the final step in the process and, as of Wednesday, providers are allowed to vaccinate the roughly 28 million children of this age with the reduced-dose Pfizer vaccine.
The endorsement comes after the Food and Drug Administration voted that the benefits of Pfizer's low-dose Covid-19 vaccine for kids ages 5-11 far outweigh the potential risks.
Pfizer released a study showing that their Covid-19 vaccine proved to be nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in kids ages 5-11.
Pfizer tested smaller doses in the young children, a third of what's normally given to adults and teens. The trials proved to be effective with the young children developing antibodies against Covid-19 and having minimal side effects.
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