• The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine appears to be safe and effective for children between the ages of 5 and 11, according to data released by the company.
  • Children under 12 are not currently able to get any COVID-19 vaccine.
  • For younger children, the drugmaker tested a dose that’s only a third of the amount that’s in the shots given now.
  • Side effects appeared to be more mild for children.

Pfizer announced Monday that clinical trials of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 showed promising results.

According to a press release from the drugmaker, results showed that the vaccine is safe for children and establishes a strong antibody response against the virus.

“Since July, pediatric cases of COVID-19 have risen by about 240 percent in the U.S. — underscoring the public health need for vaccination,” Albert Bourla, chairman and chief executive officer of Pfizer, said in the statement on Sep. 20.

“These trial results provide a strong foundation for seeking authorization of our vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, and we plan to submit them to the FDA and other regulators with urgency,” Bourla said.

According to Pfizer, for younger children, the drugmaker tested a dose that was only a third of the amount that’s in the shots given now.

Yet after a second dose, children ages 5 to 11 developed protective antibody levels as strong as what’s seen in teenagers and young adults receiving the regular-strength shots.

For the clinical trial, over 2,200…

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