Hailed by President Joe Biden as a “turning point” in the battle against Covid-19, the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has been given final approval for use in children aged 5-11 years old.
After being met with endorsement from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and gaining authorisation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the vaccine will now be administered to the age cohort which consists of up to 28 million children.
“Today, we have reached a turning point in our battle against Covid-19,” Biden said in a statement from the White House.
He added that the vaccine would “allow parents to end months of anxious worrying about their kids, and reduce the extent to which children spread the virus to others. It is a major step forward for our nation in our fight to defeat the virus,”.
The vaccine programme is expected to be fully up and running during the 8th of November and will require two injections administered three weeks apart.
However, the dosage will be slightly less for this age cohort, who will be administered 10 micrograms per injection instead of 30 micrograms per injection.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky stated, “As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their paediatrician, school nurse or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated,”.
At Hartford Hospital, located in Hartford, Connecticut, six children were administered the vaccine last night which made them the first in the country to receive the vaccine.
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