FDA Set to Authorize Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Adolescents: Report

Kids aged 12-15 could be able to start getting the shot next week.

5/4/2021 1:07:00 AM

The FDA is reportedly preparing to authorize the use of the Pfizer COVID vaccine for kids aged 12-15 years within the next week

Kids aged 12-15 could be able to start getting the shot next week.

Pfizer has previously reported that its vaccine was found to be as effective as it was in adults, with no additional side effects, in its clinical trial involving adolescents. (The side effects were in line with what recipients aged 16-25 experienced.) FDA authorization of the vaccine for the new age group would likely be followed, as after previous vaccine authorizations, by a quick review from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory panel. After the panel makes its recommendation regarding the new usage, vaccine administration sites would likely be able to start giving out doses to adolescents immediately.

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As the Times notes, amid consistent supply and weakening demand, there is currently a vaccine surplus in the U.S., including some 31 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine which have already been delivered throughout the country. While all Americans 16 and older are currently eligible to receive a COVID vaccine, it’s not clear if all states would immediately expand that eligibility to ages 12 and over following the FDA authorization of the Pfizer vaccine.

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