Source : FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include children 5 through 11 years of age. The authorization was based on the FDA’s thorough and transparent evaluation of the data that included input from independent advisory committee experts who overwhelmingly voted in favor of making the vaccine available to children in this age group.
Key points for parents and caregivers:
Effectiveness: Immune responses of children 5 through 11 years of age were comparable to those of individuals 16 through 25 years of age. In addition, the vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 through 11.
Safety: The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children age 5 through 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet next week to discuss further clinical recommendations.
“As a mother and a physician, I know that parents, caregivers, school staff, and children have been waiting for today’s authorization. Vaccinating younger children against COVID-19 will bring us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “Our comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the data pertaining to the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness should help assure parents and guardians that this vaccine meets our high standards.”
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age is administered as a two-dose primary series, 3 weeks apart, but is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms).
In the U.S., COVID-19 cases in children 5 through 11 years of age make up 39% of cases in individuals younger than 18 years of age. According to the CDC, approximately 8,300 COVID-19 cases in children 5 through 11 years of age resulted in hospitalization. As of Oct. 17, 691 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S. in individuals less than 18 years of age, with 146 deaths in the 5 through 11 years age group.
How do I schedule an appointment for my child to get vaccinated in Rhode Island?
Sunshine Pediatrics is now holding COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics. To see when our next clinic is, visit : https://www.sunshinepediatricsri.com/covid19vax
Otherwise, to view the closest vaccination site to you, visit www.vaccinateri.org.
You no longer need an appointment to get vaccinated at these State-run sites: Sockanosset Cross Road, Dunkin' Donuts Center, and Middletown.
You also no longer need an appointment to get vaccinated at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and Stop & Shop pharmacy locations
If you would still like to schedule an appointment, or view the nearest vaccination site to you, visit : https://www.vaccinateri.org/appointment/en/clinic/search .
Find a Pharmacy Location Near You that Offers the COVID - 19 Vaccine:
CVS : https://www.cvs.com/
Walmart : https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302
Stop & Shop : https://stopandshopsched.rxtouch.com/rbssched/program/covid19/Patient/Advisory