U.S. Health Advisers Endorse Pfizer Vaccine For Kids 12 And Up
U.S. Health Advisers have endorsed the use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in kids as young as twelve years of age.
The endorsement comes as new guidelines are released Wednesday, stating that people of any age can get the coronavirus vaccine at the same time as other much needed vaccinations.
The CDC had previously not recommended not getting other vaccinations within two weeks of a coronavirus shot as a precaution in case side effects arise, but the CDC said Wednesday that they are changing their recommendation because the vaccines have so far been proven safe.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also endorsed the Pfizer vaccine, and also agreed that it is safe to give more than one vaccine at the same time.
The Food and Drug Administration had authorized emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine earlier this week after studies found that twelve to fifteen year old children could safely have the same dosage of the vaccine as adults.
Pfizer and Moderna have been looking to get doses of the vaccine to even younger children. Both companies have been testing vaccines for children aged six months to eleven years. Their studies will look to see if younger children need different doses of the vaccine.