U.S. regulators are expected to give the green light to Pfizer’s Covid vaccine to teens aged 12 to 15 as of the end of this week, officials told The New York Times.
Shooting was cleared for people aged 16 and over in December, and Pfizer has been the subject of teen trials since October of last year.
Expanding the trial to younger teens will make an additional 13 million Americans eligible for vaccination, a step some see critical to achieving herd immunity and improving safety when children return to school.
Others, however, questioned whether vaccinating children was worth it, given that only 471 children under the age of 18 died from COVID-19, or 0.1% of all coronavirus deaths in United States.
Clearance could be given as early as the end of this week and is scheduled for early next week.
U.S. regulators are expected to give the green light to Pfizer’s Covid vaccine to teens aged 12 to 15 as of the end of this week, officials told The New York Times
If Pfizer’s shot gets the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) green light for young teens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will likely meet the next day and review the results of the trial. from Pfizer.
The agency will then recommend whether or not it thinks the vaccine is safe and effective for 12 to 15 year olds.
Pfizer announced the results of its trial in adolescents on March 31.
The company’s study of 2,260 volunteers found that it prevented 100% of serious illness and death from COVID-19 in adolescents.
In fact, the children showed stronger immune responses to the vaccine than the 16 to 25 age group in which Pfizer had previously tested their vaccine.
A press release on the result makes no mention of side effects affecting adolescents, but regulators will comb through the data to ensure there are no red flags before approving the shot for them. teenagers.
For some parents who feared their children will go back to school, the blow may not come soon enough.
Nearly half of U.S. schools were back to full in-person learning on March 23, according to a Washington Post analysis.
But the CDC has said unequivocally that neither teachers nor students need to be vaccinated to return to school safely.
Despite this recommendation, the Biden administration continued to urge states to prioritize vaccinating teachers, before allowing vaccines to be administered to the majority of school-aged children.