Pfizer Makes a Working Vaccine for 5-11 Year Olds With Little to No Side Effects.


UC San Diego News Center

Scientist working on developing Covid 19 vaccine.

Worried about your child going to school without the vaccine? Pfizer and their partner BioNTech have sent in data regarding their vaccine for ages 5-11. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would take multiple weeks to analyze the data. The FDA is very serious about safe vaccines, as they conducted trials on over two thousand children.
Ever since December 11, the Pfizer vaccine has been available for anybody over the age of 16. Following that, the vaccine that is safe for 12 and up was released. Kids under the age of 11, however, were still vulnerable to the coronavirus. Understandably, many parents are still worried about their children going back to school in person as they might not be as responsible for wearing masks. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 5 million kids tested positive for Covid-19, and over 460 died.
Subjects were given two small doses of the vaccine for ages 12 to 15. In other words, the equivalent of 30 microgram doses of the vaccine for 12 and older. The result was antibodies that were comparable to the adults that received full doses. The vaccine also produced similar side effects, such as sore arms and nausea.
Realistically, our country may never reach herd immunity; however, vaccinating children could be a huge step. Roughly 56% of the United States population is fully vaccinated. According to CNBC, one in three parents will vaccinate their children right away, increasing the percentage from 56% to 64%. With the new Delta variant, people are swarming to get the vaccine as 80-90% percent of the population are estimated to be vaccinated.
So far, out of all 2,268 kindergarteners, none have shown severe side effects, such as heart inflammation. The FDA will still be monitoring them carefully for any occurrences.
Although Pfizer-BioNTech has not sought authorization from the FDA yet, parents can expect to have vaccinated children by early November.