Vaccine for 12-15 Age Groups Possibly Available Soon

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A health worker prepares to administer the Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Some medical experts believe the Pfizer Covid vaccine could be approved for children ages 12 to 15 as soon as May, Fox News 9 reported.

Currently, the vaccine is available for all those 16 and above.

Dr. Patsy Stinchfield, an infectious disease expert at Children’s Minnesota and liaison member of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, one of the CDC’s final vaccine approval panels, said the FDA is reviewing the Pfizer vaccine effectiveness and safety in the 12-15 age group, and once they make a decision it could be sent to the the committee she sits on.

Studies are also being done to scrutinize the vaccine to 6 month to 11 year old, but that is expected to take longer.

“We really look at it from the lens of practical application,” Stinchfield said. “Is it safe? will it work? how about in conjunction with other vaccines?”

She expects the FDA to approve expanding age eligibility within the next two weeks. “At Children’s, we’re really gearing up to vaccinate that 12 to 15 group in the month of May.”

The vaccine will likely to be the same vaccine, but with a different dose amount.

As more and more older people and adults get vaccinated, new cases are increasing in young adults and even teenagers and children.

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