FDA authorizes use of Pfizer Covid vaccine in kids ages 12 to 15

The FDA on Monday approved the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to be given to kids ages 12 to 15 on an emergency use basis. This is a significant step in expanding vaccination of school-age kids and will play an important role in fully opening America’s classrooms for next school year. 

“Today’s action allows for a younger population to be protected from COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic,” Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, said in a statement. “Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations.”

“FDA has done everything we can to ensure that the Covid-19 vaccines we have authorized have met the agency’s high standards for quality, safety and effectiveness. We know that every time an American, including members of our own families, receives a Covid-19 vaccine dose, you are putting your trust in us,” Woodcock continued.

At the end of March Pfizer said that a clinical trial involving 2,260 12-to-15-year-olds showed the vaccine is 100% effective in preventing Covid-19.

According to CDC data, there were about 1.5 million COVID-19 cases reported in individuals aged 11 to 17 as of the end of April.


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