Coronavirus vaccines for kids 5 and up to start soon
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, children between the ages of 5 and 11 may be eligible for the Covid vaccine as early as next month. He projected a timetable for young Americans to be vaccinated with at least one dose by Thanksgiving and fully immunized by the holidays.
Food and Drug Administration regulators on Friday released their evaluation of data from a Pfizer-BioNTech submission for emergency authorization of a low-dose vaccine for young children. An FDA advisory panel on Tuesday will consider Pfizer’s application for those ages 5 to 11. Children 12 years of age and older are eligible for vaccination from May.
Pfizer’s data, “Efficacy and Safety Looks As Good,” according to Dr. Fauci said on ABC’s news program, “This Week.”
According to Pfizer and BioNTech, children who were vaccinated as part of the trial who received a dose that was one-third the size of the adult dose had stronger immunity after receiving a three-week interval of two shots. The reaction evolved. The companies have said the vaccine’s efficacy rate in children has reduced the risk of developing symptomatic infections by 91 percent.
The most common side effects in children were fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and chills. According to the FDA, the data presented indicate that myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle, or pericarditis, an inflammation of the outer layer of the heart, a rare complication that has been reported among young boys and men receiving vaccines in other trials. . real world applications.
Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was also interviewed on two Sunday news shows about upcoming decisions on child vaccines, promising that the decisions would not be delayed. “We know how many parents are interested in getting their children vaccinated, and we intend to act as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Valensky said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Asked whether the COVID vaccine should be necessary for school attendance, as are other childhood vaccines against polio, measles and tetanus, Dr. Valensky said Covid vaccines are now being considered for emergency use authorization. Full FDA approval will come later, she said.
“I think we need to get through this authorization to vaccinate children and get approval before making a decision there,” she said.
The past week has produced a lot of regulatory guidance for people who can receive boosters or additional doses of Covid vaccines, providing greater protection to a large segment of the US population.
Dr. Valensky and Dr. Fauci both sought to clear up confusion about booster shots and to explain the option of “mixing and matching” early vaccines and boosters.
What to know about Covid-19 booster shots
The FDA has authorized booster shots for millions of recipients of the Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Pfizer and Moderna recipients who are eligible for a booster include people age 65 and older, and young adults at high risk of severe Covid-19 due to medical conditions or where they work. Eligible recipients of Pfizer and Moderna can receive a booster at least six months after their second dose. All recipients of Johnson & Johnson will be eligible for a second shot at least two months after the first shot.
Yes. The FDA has updated its authorizations to allow medical providers to promote people with a different vaccine than they initially received, a strategy known as “mix and match.” Whether you have received Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer-BioNTech, you may get a booster from another vaccine. Regulators have not recommended one vaccine over another as a booster. They have also remained silent on whether it is better to stick with the same vaccine when possible.
The CDC states that conditions that qualify a person for a booster shot include: high blood pressure and heart disease; diabetes or obesity; cancer or blood disorder; weakened immune system; chronic lung, kidney or liver disease; Dementia and some disabilities. Pregnant women and current and former smokers are also eligible.
The FDA authorized boosters for workers whose jobs put them at high risk of coming into contact with potentially infectious people. The CDC says the group includes: emergency medical workers; education worker; food and agricultural workers; construction workers; improvement worker; US Postal Service employees; public transport workers; Grocery store workers.
Yes. The CDC says the Covid vaccine can be administered regardless of the timing of other vaccines, and many pharmacy sites are allowing people to schedule a flu shot at the same time as a booster dose.
All three vaccine boosters available in the United States have been authorized. Additional shots of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines have been approved for people age 65 and older, those with underlying health conditions, and all adults whose living or working conditions put them at high risk of exposure to the virus. Anyone over the age of 18 who received Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine at least two months ago is also eligible for a booster shot.
Experts said people can get a booster shot that is different from the initial vaccine they received earlier.
“If you were originally vaccinated with one product, would you and would it be appropriate and safe and effective to have a third shot for mRNA and a second shot for J&J. By another product?” Dr Fauci said. “The answer is, it’s perfectly fine.”
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