FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine for ages 12-15

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UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV?WPNY-TV)– The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the COVID vaccine for children ages 12-15.

Chief Physician Executive, Dr. Kent Hall at Mohawk Valley Health System says getting this new group of individuals vaccinated is a positive step forward.

“Now we’re finding that when people are coming into the hospital, when they’re getting sick and coming into the hospital, it is really a younger age. It is really predominantly between the ages of 20 and 40 but it does include kids under the age of 20.” -Dr. Hall
Dr. hall says vaccination efforts are needed for this population.

“Pfizer’s just a little bit ahead of Moderna in terms of the studies. So it doesn’t have anything to do with Pfizer being different in terms of the vaccine itself. It is really much more about the timing of it. So Moderna will be coming out as well. Understand that Pfizer was already available to people age 16 and older where as Moderna was only available to those 18 and older.”

Pfizer is looking at the safety profile and the effectiveness of the vaccine. Based on preliminary data it is about 98-99 percent effective on ages 12-16.

“What everybody would like to have assuming that they’re safe is to have as many kids as possible vaccinated before school.” -Dr. Hall

As we go further along, Dr. Hall says more questions wills be asked than answers given.

“The disease has been around for a year and six months and you know the vaccines have been around for 10 months, 11 months, something like that. There is just information that comes out over time and we’re just waiting for that. We are being extremely vigilant in terms of watching that to make sure that everything is being done is truly being done in the safest most effective way possible.” -Dr. Hall

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