Children as young as 12 to be inoculated Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.

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Pfizer vaccine injection dose clipart vector

In March, Pfizer released preliminary results from a vaccine trial involving more than 2,000 volunteers ages 12 to 15. The trial showed that none of the fully vaccinated adolescents came down with COVID-19 or experienced serious side effects.

Therefore, U.S. Regulators have authorized the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech to be used by children as young as 12, widening the pool of those eligible to get inoculated. "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.

The Pfizer vaccine is the first in the United States to be approved for younger people. The approval comes as U.S. officials are seeking to inoculate a larger percentage of the population and will likely prompt millions of U.S. Middle and high school students try to be vaccinated before they head back to class in the fall. While most children with COVID-19 only develop mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all, they are still able to pass along the virus to others.  

 

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