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Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine appears effective for kids under 5, health officials say

Pfizer Covid-19  vaccine appears effective for kids under 5, health officials say

Federal health officials said Sunday that kid-sized doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccines appear to be safe and effective for kids under 5, a key step toward a

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials said Sunday that kid-sized doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccines appear to be safe and effective for kids under 5, a key step toward a long-awaited decision to begin vaccinating the youngest American children.

The Food and Drug Administration posted its analysis of the Pfizer shot ahead of a Wednesday meeting where outside experts will vote on whether the shots are ready for the nation’s 18 million babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Kids under 5 are the only group not yet eligible for Covid-19 vaccination in the U.S.

Late last week the FDA posted a similar analysis of Moderna’s shots for children under 6.

If regulators clear the shots by one or both companies, vaccinations could begin as soon as next week with the drugmakers ready to rapidly ship doses ordered by the government. Parents have been pressing federal officials for months for the opportunity to protect their smallest children as more adults shed masks and abandon other public health precautions.

While only about 3 percent of U.S. Covid cases are in the age group 6 months to 4 years, hospitalization and death rates in that group are higher than those for older children, according to the FDA’s analysis — one reason experts have said protecting this group is important.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-appears-effective-kids-5-health-officials-say-rcna33191


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