The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19Children aged 5-11 years old can be vaccinated with vaccines. This will allow pharmacies and pediatricians to quickly start vaccinating their patients.

The decision follows last week’s approval of the vaccine by the Food and Drug AdministrationFor this age group, it is the final step in a procedure that began Oct. 7, following the conclusion of Pfizer’s clinical trial.

Nearly 28 Million children in America are eligible for vaccinations.

“We know millions of parents are eager to get their children vaccinated and with this decision, we now have recommended that about 28 million children receive a COVID-19 vaccine,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, who gave the final go-ahead, said in a statement. “As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their pediatrician, school nurse or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated.”

The vaccination of children may begin on Wednesday. President Joe Biden’s administration began packaging and shipping millions of pediatric doses earlier this week in anticipation of Tuesday’s authorization.

CDC advisory panelOn Tuesday, the board unanimously recommended that pediatric vaccination be authorized.

Pfizer saysIt is 90% effective at stopping COVID-19. Adults are not affected by the vaccine. receive two 30-microgram doses, children’s doses will be only 10 micrograms.

Like the adult version, Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine is a two-dose regimen administered three weeks apart. Similar side effects are also known to occur, such as fatigue, headaches, and muscle pain.

The vaccine has been shown to be safe in 3100 children between 5 and 11 years old, according to a recent study. none reported serious side effects.

Children younger than 5 will have to wait a bit longer until they’re eligible to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said he expects dataThe federal approval process for children aged 2-4 years can be started after the trial results are published.


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