- FDA Authorizes Pfizer Vaccine for Children 12 to 15
- In December they had already authorized the use of the vaccine on people over 16 years old
- Canada had already authorized the use of the vaccine on people over 12 years of age
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted authorization on Monday for the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents over 12 years of age, according to the Efe news agency.
This way, the FDA updated the permit it gave to Pfizer last December, when it only licensed the Pfizer vaccine for ages 16 and over. Last week Canada was the first country to authorize vaccinating children over 12 years old against the coronavirus.
A significant measure against the pandemic
“The expanded authorization for emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 is a significant measure in the fight against the pandemic,” said FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock in a statement. .
The commissioner also assured that “parents and guardians can be sure that the agency carried out a rigorous and exhaustive review of all the available data” before making the decision to authorize the vaccine for adolescents.
Canada had already authorized the vaccine for people over 12 years of age
Canada last week became the first country in the world to authorize Pfizer’s preparation for people over 12 years of age, after the pharmaceutical company announced at the end of March that it was 100% effective in a study of 2,260 individuals in that age group. .
Pfizer was the only vaccine of the three authorized by the FDA (the other two being Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) that was available for 16- and 17-year-olds. To date, 152.8 million Americans (46% of the population) have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Studies in infants and children under 11 have already begun
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2.4 million of these adolescents in the country had received at least one dose of the Pfizer compound as of Monday, May 10. Pfizer has also started clinical trials of its vaccine in children between the ages of 6 months and 11 years.
According to experts, immunizing children, who make up about 20% of the U.S. population, is essential to ending the coronavirus pandemic, noting that the country is unlikely to achieve herd immunity until that minors are also vaccinated.
Pfizer Vaccine 12 Years: More Teens Will Be Immunized
Also, the news agency The Associated Press reported that COVID-19 vaccines will finally be used in more adolescents, after US regulators on Monday expanded the use of the Pfizer vaccine in people of at least 12 years, which opens the possibility of protecting high school students before returning to school in the fall.
The administration of vaccines could begin as soon as a federal advisory commission issues recommendations for their use in children between 12 and 15 years old, which is expected to happen on Wednesday. Vaccinating children of all ages will be crucial to return to normality.
They expect a vaccine for all minors
Most of the COVID-19 vaccines that are distributed globally have been licensed for adults. Pfizer’s vaccine is administered in many countries to adolescents aged 16 years and older, and Canada recently became the first country to inject it to those 12 years of age and older. Elsewhere, parents, school administrators and public health officials are anxiously waiting for the vaccine to be available to more minors.
“This is a pivotal moment in our ability to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Bill Gruber, a Pfizer vice president who is also a pediatrician, told The Associated Press.
Pfizer vaccine is safe: FDA
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared the Pfizer vaccine to be safe and highly protective for young people as tested on more than 2,000 US volunteers between the ages of 12 and 15.
The study found no COVID-19 cases among fully vaccinated teens, compared with 18 among minors who received placebos. What’s even more intriguing is that the researchers found that the children developed higher levels of antibodies to the virus than previously measured in young adults.
The same side effects
Younger teens got the same dose of the vaccine as adults and had the same side effects, mostly sore arms, fever, chills, or flu-like aches, showing an activated immune system, especially after of the second dose.
The announcement of the authorization of Pfizer’s vaccine for children under 12 comes just as New York confirmed that it will offer coronavirus vaccines in some of the main subway and train stations starting this week, in an effort to boost the Immunization campaign, which has slowed down in recent weeks, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reported Monday.
New York to offer coronavirus vaccines in the subway
Authorities will deploy temporary facilities in several of the most important subway stations, such as Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station in Manhattan, Broadway Junction in Brooklyn, 179th Street in Queens, or East 180th Street in The Bronx, where the vaccine of a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
They will also be present at the Hempstead station of the Long Island Rail Road, which connects New York City with the Long Island region, and at the Ossing station of the Metro-North, a system that connects with the northern region of the state of New York.
Pfizer vaccine 12 years: They will give a free subway ticket
Along with the vaccine, passengers will also receive a free metro or train ticket. “You are going to enter the subway station anyway. You are going to walk in front of a vaccination center. It is a single dose vaccine, ”Cuomo explained at a press conference, explaining that it is one of the initiatives they are testing to increase the number of people vaccinated.
“We have many theories and we are going to test them,” added the New York governor, who noted that although older people were quickly vaccinated, the younger sector of the population is not rushing. In addition, the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, announced that free tickets to the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Gardens, the New York Aquarium or the Lincoln Center will be given away to all those who get immunized.
“We have to make it easier”
“We have to make it easier, more fun, and more local,” De Blasio said of vaccinations in another press appearance.
Meanwhile, Cuomo also announced this Monday that both the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY) will require, starting this fall, students who want to attend face-to-face classes to be vaccinated. “I encourage all private universities that also require vaccinations,” he added.
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