FDA approves emergency-use Pfizer vaccine for kids 12 to 15

Vaccine Mos 8WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer/BioNTech’s request on Monday for emergency use authorization in kids ages 12 to 15, allowing middle school children to be vaccination before the next school year begins. Previously, the vaccine was only authorized for use in people age 16 and over.

Children make up around 20% of the total U.S. population, and health experts say vaccinating children is crucial to ending the pandemic.

Approval for children younger than 12 could come later in 2021; Pfizer stated on May 4 that they expect to apply for emergency use authorization for toddlers in September and infants in November.

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