Pfizer vaccine for kids under 5
Pfizer wants to vaccinate children as young as 6 months with shots that contain one-tenth of the dose given to adults. Data has already been submitted to the FDA and the process could be completed in just a few days.
For the Pfizer vaccine for kids, it has not yet been determined how many shots this age group will need. Early testing shows that two of the extra-low doses have been strong enough for babies but not for preschoolers. Pfizer is currently testing a third shot. Data might be released by March.
The same FDA asked Pfizer to begin submitting its application now because of the proliferation of the Omicron variant. Omicron has apparently had a greater toll on children with COVID-19 cases in children under 5 at its highest due to the variant.
Vaccination for children in the Philippines between 5 to 11 years of age was only approved in January 2022. Government officials are aiming to inoculate 14.7 million kids in this group with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Eric Tayag, head of the Department of Health’s Knowledge Management and Information Technology Unit, said it is very important for parents to tell their children why vaccination is important.
When is a Pfizer vaccine for kids going to be available? Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for children younger than 5 years old. The same company was the first to receive emergency use authorization by the FDA for its coronavirus vaccine. Vaccines usually take years to develop. However, the coronavirus vaccine was done in just one year. Vaccination for kids 5 to 11 years old only began in October 2021. Vaccination for kids aged 5 to 11 was just approved by the Philippine government in January 2022.
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