The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its final nod to Pfizer’s vaccine for kids aged 5 to 11. The signoff now opens the doors to the nation’s vaccination campaign. It aims to provide added protection to 28 million children against the deadly Coronavirus.
The situation worldwide and in the United States has been grim. Over 8,300 children aged 5 to 11 were hospitalized. Nearly 70% of these children were found to have additional health issues and diseases such as obesity and asthma. A tragic 146 fatalities have occurred in this age group.
Dr. Peter Marks, the FDA’s vaccine head, laid up the reasons for the vaccine’s continued testing and approval for children. “The goal is to protect your children so that they may return to regular life. The cost of this pandemic has been enormous, not only in terms of physical sickness but also children’s psychological and social development.”
“As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their pediatrician, school nurse, or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated. There are children in the second grade who have never experienced a normal school year. Pediatric vaccination has the power to help us change all of that,” the Hartford Courant quoted Walensky in a statement.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, announced her final approval. This came soon after the final go-ahead for vaccination centers to administer the doses once they received the vaccines.
Pfizer will now begin shipping millions of vaccine doses across the country. The vials will be sealed with orange caps, unlike the purple-capped ones used for the rest of the population.
Vaccines and their claimed negative consequences have long been the subject of allegations and conspiracy theories. Pharmaceutical giants and scientists prioritized saving humanity from the disaster that claimed millions of lives. Despite the global efforts to cope with the pandemic, many people still oppose the notion.
Dr. Helen Keipp Talbot, a CDC advisor, talked openly about her children’s vaccination. She hopes to influence other parents to vaccinate their children.
China has just started a nationwide vaccination drive for children as young as three. With the approval, the US joins a small group of countries that have approved vaccination for children. Now that the US has logged its campaign, Pfizer and BioNTech will look towards European health officials and hope they follow suit for children in their countries.