United States

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approved for children 5 to 11 years

11:15, 03 November 2021
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approved for children 5 to 11 years Photo: U.S. Secretary of Defense/flickr.com

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized the use of Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines among children ages 5-11 years.

Independent experts of the CDC council unanimously approved the vaccine as it can be started to use pretty soon. Earlier, the children’s vaccine also has been authorized by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The recent Pfizer clinical tests have shown 91% of effectiveness against COVID-19 symptoms.

“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 director of CDC Rochelle Walensky said.

The children’s vaccine will consist of two doses and they will be injected in three weeks intervals. 

“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," Walensky added.

US President Joe Biden welcomes the vaccine and hopes that it will help to eradicate the disease. 

It will allow parents to end months of anxious worrying about their kids, and reduce the extent to which children spread the virus to others. It is a major step forward for our nation in our fight to defeat the virus," Biden said.

At the beginning of October, an American pharmaceutical company Merck reported that its new anti-COVID-19 pill can cut the risk of death and hospitalization by half.