US CDC Advisors Recommend COVID-19 Vaccine for Young Children

Advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unanimously supported the widespread use of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11, and injections on Tuesday. they could reach the arms of the young as early as Wednesday.

They said the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks of the vaccine. Much of their discussion was due to rare cases of heart inflammation that have been linked to the vaccine, particularly in young men.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky must approve the recommendations before the United States can begin administering the vaccine to children in the age group. The US Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 on Friday.

The FDA authorized a 10-microgram dose of Pfizer’s vaccine in young children. The original injection given to those over 12 years of age is 30 micrograms.

Children wearing face masks attend a class when students return to school after summer break, less than a month after a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) booster campaign, in elementary school Arazim in Tel Aviv, Israel, September 1, 2021 REUTERS / AMIR COHEN

At the start of the meeting, Walensky said pediatric hospitalizations had increased during the recent wave driven by the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

The risk of COVID-19 “is too high and devastating for our children and much higher than many other diseases for which we vaccinate children,” he said.

Walensky said school closings have had detrimental impacts on children’s social and mental health.

“Pediatric vaccination has the power to help us change all of that,” he said.

The US government and Pfizer have already begun distributing the vaccine in preparation for a widespread rollout to children, many of whom are back in school for in-person learning.

Earlier this week, the White House said the United States has a sufficient supply of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for all 28 million children ages 5 to 11. While some children may get their first shots on Wednesday, plans are for the US pediatric vaccine program to be up and running next week, a Biden administration official said.

Only a few other countries, including China, Cuba, and the United Arab Emirates, have so far approved COVID-19 vaccines for children in this age group and under.



Reference-www.jpost.com

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