Parents will have a big decision to make very soon.
Children ages 5 through 11 years may soon be able to get a low-dose COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech.
Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously to recommend the shots Tuesday for 28 million U.S. children is this age group.
All we need is the recommendations endorsed by the CDC’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky and children could be getting shots in a few days.
Before the committee voted, Walensky called it “a monumental day” as she educated the panel to consider the unprecedented toll that COVID has had on children.
The vaccine is one-third adult dose, and the vaccine would be given in two doses, three weeks apart.
The lower dose was chosen to minimize side effects and still produce strong immunity, Pfizer says.
The CDC’s latest data show that 172 children ages 5 to 11 have died from COVID-19 and more than 8,300 have been hospitalized.