Pfizer says its covid vaccine is safe for 5 to 11 year-olds

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Since the vaccine was made available to those 12 and up, plans went into motion to get kids back in to classrooms. In person instruction resumed with virtual schooling being eliminated in my areas. Most of us were glad the schools reopened. Speaking for my kids, they’re much happier to be back in the classroom. I’m grateful to everyone that made that possible. But my kids are both vaccinated. Those who have school-aged children under the age of 12 were decidedly less enthusiastic because they had no vaccine assurance as their kids sat in a classroom all day. Fortunately, that may change soon. Pfizer has just announced that they are ready to move forward with their vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years old. By giving a smaller doses to the younger kids, they have concluded their study is effective enough to submit to the FDA and other agencies soon.

Pfizer/BioNTech says its COVID-19 vaccine is good to go for children ages 5 to 11 after its own study, with plans to seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration and other agencies soon.

On Monday, the company issued its first test results from this age group, reporting that there was a “favorable safety profile and robust neutralizing antibody responses” in the kids, using a smaller dose in the two shots than older people would receive (10 µg instead of 30 µg). They said the results showed the “vaccine was safe, well-tolerated” among children.

Pfizer earned FDA approval for its vaccine among people ages 16 and up last month. The vaccine is still under emergency use approval for kids aged 12 to 15 as the FDA continues to fully vet the shot.

“Over the past nine months, hundreds of millions of people ages 12 and older from around the world have received our COVID-19 vaccine. We are eager to extend the protection afforded by the vaccine to this younger population, subject to regulatory authorization, especially as we track the spread of the Delta variant and the substantial threat it poses to children,” Albert Bourla, chairman and CEO of Pfizer, said in a statement.

“Since July, pediatric cases of COVID-19 have risen by about 240 percent in the U.S. — underscoring the public health need for vaccination,” Bourla continued. “These trial results provide a strong foundation for seeking authorization of our vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, and we plan to submit them to the FDA and other regulators with urgency.”

Results from the other two age groups from the trial (children 2 to 5 years and children 6 months to 2 years) are expected later this year.

[From People]

This is great news for all of us, of course, but especially for those who have kids this age. Remember that teacher in Marin who went to school with COVID and took her mask off to read to her kids? Those students she infected were this age. There will always be some fear about sending your kids off while the Delta variant is still infecting so many people, but to know they at least have that layer of protection with the vaccine is a big relief. Unfortunately, these poor kids could still be at the mercy of their anti-vaxx parents. But for all the parents who believe in science, there will hopefully be a safe option for their children soon.

We heard about this 5-11 yo vaccine a while ago. But the FDA urged both Pfizer and Moderna to expand their clinical trials back in July as a precautionary measure. In another show of caution, the FDA just voted not to endorse the booster to non-immunocompromised people and non-essential workers under 65. According to this article, the decision came about due to concerns of the booster being safe for younger people. So they may breakup the booster in age groups based on safety. But they’re still monitoring the immunity levels of the vaccines we’ve already taken until they weigh in on the booster. I really do feel very safe with this whole vaccine roll out. Unlike all propaganda to the contrary, I feel like it’s being explained to me if I’m willing to listen.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    YES lets get these kids vaccinated!!! I cannot wait for it to be approved for that age group.

    One middle school in my county (not that close to me, but still) is completely closed for a few days because there were so many COVID cases and close contacts that it wasn’t worth staying open considering how many were in quarantine. Half of my son’s class was sent home the second day to quarantine for 10 days.

    There is a mask mandate NOW but for the first week of school there wasn’t, and so of course the cases spiked.

    The vaccine cannot come soon enough (with proper research and protocols of course.)

  2. Roserose says:

    I’m so happy about this and will have my children vaccinated at the first opportunity.

  3. Noodle says:

    Everyone in my immediate family is vaccinated except my 7yo son. My mom broke her hip and went into a care home this past summer (which accelerated her dementia quite a bit) and we haven’t been able to visit because he isn’t vaccinated and we didn’t want to take the chance. I hope that now that he can be vaccinated, we can finally visit her.

  4. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    Yes!!! My son is 6 and we skipped kindergarten last year because of Covid. He continued pre-school instead because we felt comfortable with him remaining in a very small environment where they conducted screenings. He’s in 1st grade now and one of very few kids wearing a mask and that’s not consistent throughout the day. My husband and I are vaccinated and wear masks anytime we go onto his campus. Our son is even excited about the vaccine.

  5. Mina_Esq says:

    Can’t wait! The kids have been such champs. A part of me is angry that so many adults are throwing tantrums and preventing us from reaching herd immunity without pulling in the littles but, at this point, I’ll take whatever keeps the kids safe from the virus.

    • Call_me_al says:

      This. We adults are going to have to take ownership of this whole pandemic and admit to our kids that the Big People messed up.

  6. Anna222 says:

    The minute my son was eligible in our country I got him vaxxed. Now everyone in my home and in my work is done and I’m so grateful for it.

  7. Betsy says:

    This is great news and I cannot wait to get needles in my kids’ arms!!!

    • Christine says:

      Same, I will feel so much better when my son and my nephew can finally be vaccinated, they are the last two in the family without it, and it’s nerve wracking.

  8. Bendy Windy says:

    Come on FDA! Don’t f… this up!

  9. Jess says:

    YES!!! Best news! I have a 5 and 8 year old and this dumb state I live in is only 44% vaxxed. I can’t wait to shed some of this anxiety

  10. Trillion says:

    great news! Get ready for the backlash…. from people love to position themselves as The Ones who are Thinking Of The Children (while actually not thinking of the children).

  11. SophieJara says:

    Yay!!! My oldest is 5 and I have been counting the days waiting for FDA approval. He’s in a kindergarten class with 25 kids and his younger brother is in a small preschool. It’s so stressful every time we get one of those “kid in the class has Covid / has been exposed to Covid” notices. At least where I live (Oakland CA) we have some of the best vaccination and transmission rates in the country.

    My oldest also suddenly developed debilitating anxiety about death and illness, refusing to eat, etc. It’s been difficult and I wonder if it’s partly due to all the stress he’s been absorbing about Covid.

  12. Ashley L. says:

    My son is 4 and in pre-k. I really wish they would have included 4 year olds as school aged, since so many of them do attend school. I’m not sure if there is a big difference between a 4 year old and a 5 year old in terms of dosage. At this rate, unless a miracle happens, its looking like he will have to wait until he turns 5 in April to get vaccinated. Happy for the 5-11 year olds, but this mama, and other parents with 4 year olds who go to school every day, is still very anxious. Luckily he’s not in a big public school and is still in a smaller daycare like setting, so that makes me feel slightly better.

    • Trufflefries says:

      I’ve been following the rollouts for young kids as I have a 2.75 yr old and 4 month old. My understanding is that the next group, 2-5 year olds, is next to be rolled out by the end of the year and babies to 6 months soon after. The studies are underway and we’re all hoping for a quick roll out once they’re proven to be safe and effective.

      • kimmy says:

        Can I ask if you got the vaccine while pregnant or if you are nursing? I’ve seen studies recently about COVID antibodies being found in babies if mom was vaxxed while pregnant or in the breastmilk. Makes me wish I was still nursing my 2 year old!

      • Ashley L. says:

        That’s great news. Definitely keeping my fingers crossed for end of the year/early 2022 for the next age group.

  13. kimmy says:

    I have a 5 and a 2 year old and I cannot wait for these vaccinations. I’m so over the anti-vaxxers and their unwillingness to do anything to prevent the spread. I want my immediate family protected from the a-holes!

  14. Suze says:

    This is great news, and makes me hopeful that approval for the 2-5 age range is coming soon! (And of course 6mo – 2y!) My son is 2 and a half, and while he’s good about wearing a mask there’s only so much he’ll put up with. Having him vaccinated will be a HUGE weight off my chest.

  15. Liz version 700 says:

    Oh thank God. Please FDA get this looked at

  16. Liz version 700 says:

    Oh thank God. Please FDA get this looked at

  17. jferber says:

    Oh My God! Yes. Warp speed to make this so and get those kids vaccinated. Pronto.

  18. pottymouth pup says:

    “We heard about this 5-11 yo vaccine a while ago. But the FDA urged both Pfizer and Moderna to expand their clinical trials back in July as a precautionary measure.”

    just to clarify, the FDA recommended expanding the size of the trials. trials in children 5-11, as well as much younger children, started in March or April

  19. LittlePenguin says:

    This made my day yesterday. I really hope approvals go well as this age group has over 30% of the cases in my province. I’m so worried for my boys. They were online last year but this year we didn’t have that option.
    I already told them the minute I can book their shot they will be getting it, even if they have to miss class.

  20. SP says:

    We live in Canada and the timeline for kids’ approval here has not been made clear. If they open the US land border before it’s approved we are going on a road trip! It’s not like the state bordering my province is using the vaccines for themselves, so it’s not like we would be making it difficult for locals to get their shots.

  21. Paige says:

    This is such wonderful news. I myself have two 4 year olds (will be 5 in December) and it has just made me so anxious that they are unvaccinated. I cried happy tears of joy when I first heard this news.

  22. Aeren says:

    I can’t wait!!!!!! My kids are not yet 5 but will be in the spring. They both had covid and one of them had to be hospitalized. It was terrifying and he’s had to be hospitalized two more times. It seems the virus exacerbated his amarga so any cold or allergy becomes an issue.