The FDA on Friday approved the Pfizer Covid vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11.
The CDC still needs to sign off before shots can be disseminated.
The Covid jabs for kids could begin as early as next week.
“As a mother and a physician, I know that parents, caregivers, school staff, and children have been waiting for today’s authorization. Vaccinating younger children against COVID-19 will bring us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy,” acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said in a statement.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the use of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a move that will make the shots available to 28 million kids in the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must sign off before shots can be distributed. It’s scheduled an advisory committee meeting to review the pediatric doses next week and is expected to swiftly clear them for public distribution immediately thereafter.
The FDA’s panel of independent vaccine advisors on Tuesday voted 17-0 to recommend Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
Children are at virtually zero risk from dying of Covid and the FDA admitted they don’t know the long term risks to children.
“We’re never gonna learn about how safe the vaccine is until we start giving it,” one of the FDA’s voting members said on Tuesday.
FDA Voting Member:
“We’re never gonna learn about how safe the vaccine is until we start giving it.”
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) October 26, 2021
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