The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded emergency use authorization for the Pfizer shot to include youths aged 12-15 on Monday.
If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives the green light following a scheduled meeting on Wednesday, May 12, as expected, it will go to the state’s advisory board, similar to when the vaccine was first rolled out
“Once the federal government acts, we will have a second approval by the state,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a COVID-19 briefing. “This started early on when people were dubious about the federal approval process, so we said that we’ll have our own approval process.
“Once the federal government meets, the state board will meet. And if the federal government approves it, I would expect the state would approve it, and then we’ll change our protocols and start to reach out to that population.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that it will be up to parents’ decision about whether or not to have their children vaccinated, once it is approved. New Yorkers between the ages of 12 and 15 who try to find to be immunized will have to be convoyed by an adult when receiving their shot of the Pfizer vaccine.