The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) signed off on vaccines for Children ages 5 to 11. The Children now can receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.
Many pediatricians and families were waiting for authorization of vaccines for Children younger than 12 and now the health agency has approved it by setting up a major goal. Now approximately 28 million Children are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine shot.
The CDC director Rochelle Walensky said that vaccinating younger Children is very important to protect them from the coronavirus and it will also help schools to get back to normal. Earlier on Tuesday, the health advisory committee voted consistently, 14-0 in favor of the recommendation of the vaccine for Children 5 to 11.
The Food and Drug Administration has already recommended the vaccine for kids in the group of 5 to 11, and as of now, CDC has also recommended it so vaccination can start for these groups of kids as well.
Some pediatricians and pharmacists will start the vaccinations for kids but the method of vaccinating the kids is dissimilar from the adults as the vaccine shots might not be accessible immediately.
The vaccine shot for kids will be managed in two 10 microgram doses in three weeks; this is one-third amount of the dose given to people over the age of 12. These kid-specific doses will also come in altogether different packaging and will be administered using kid-specific needles.
The latest data showed that the Children are getting infected and transferring the virus as fast as the adults, but the infected kids are not showing any symptoms and they are also not getting severely ill as compared to the adults.
As per the CDC, vaccinating Children is estimated to lower the transmission by projected 600,000 cases by March 2022