Even though the chances of [a child] getting sick and seriously ill are small — why do you want to take a chance of that with your child, when you can essentially protect the child by an intervention that is proven to be both highly effective and very safe? — Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical adviser to the White House
Even though the chances of [a child] getting sick and seriously ill are small — why do you want to take a chance of that with your child, when you can essentially protect the child by an intervention that is proven to be both highly effective and very safe? — Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical adviser to the White House
Parents Won't Rush to Get Young Kids Vaccinated, Survey Shows
Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical adviser to the White House, says that if his three adult daughters were young, he'd get them vaccinated "in a second," Axios reported.

Fauci said the vaccines are going to be safe for children.

"Even though the chances of [a child] getting sick and seriously ill are small -- why do you want to take a chance of that with your child, when you can essentially protect the child by an intervention that is proven to be both highly effective and very safe?" Fauci said.

"I sure as hell wouldn't want them to get COVID-19. I would vaccinate them in a second," he said of his three daughters.
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FDA Authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5-11
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, which means vaccines could be available to school-aged children starting next week.

The move brings families with young children a step closer to resuming their normal activities, and should help further slow transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the United States.

... Next, a panel of experts advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) known as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, will meet on Tuesday to vote on recommendations for use of the vaccine.

As soon as the CDC director signs off on those recommendations, children can get the shots, perhaps as early as next Wednesday.

Pfizer's vaccine for children is 10 micrograms, or one third of the dose given to teens and adults. Kids get two doses of the vaccine 3 weeks apart.

In clinical trials, the most common side effects were pain at the injection site, fatigue, and headache. These side effects were mild and disappeared quickly. There were no serious adverse events detected in the studies, which included about 3100 children.

In one study, the vaccine was 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 infections with symptoms in younger children. There are about 28 million children in the US between the ages of 5 and 12.

"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, MD, in a news release.

"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," she said.
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