FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for children 12 and up

The FDA has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in kids ages 12 to 15, with the agency signaling that teens could receive the shots by the end of the week.
2:58 | 05/11/21

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The fda authorizing the pfizer shot for 12 to 15-year-olds bringing millions of kids one step closer to gets vaccinated. A CDC advisory committee will meet Wednesday. If the director signs off on their recommendation the first shots could be administered as soon as Thursday. Those kids would then join the almost 153 million Americans who have had at least one dose. That's over 58% of the U.S. Adult population. Let's go to Steve osunsami at the CDC with more. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning, to you, Michael. A CDC advisory panel is meeting to discuss this tomorrow and the director of the CDC says that this means that these teenagers could start getting shots as soon as Thursday. This will allow for a good number of American children to start getting vaccinated and get vaccinated before the school year begins in the fall. Mountain -- millions of American children a step closer to getting vaccinated. It's okay to give it to 12 and 15-year-olds they say after the shot was reported to be 100% effective against the coronavirus for that age group and with no safety concerns. Parents and guardians can rest assured that in making our decision, the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available scientific data. Reporter: In an exclusive interview with ABC news pfizer's CEO says the 12 to 15-year-olds should get the same two shots as adults. It requires the doses because this is the way we will be able to accomplish good enough immunity for one to be at the Reporter: Pfizer says they're still researching but the current data shows a third dose may be needed and then annual revaccinations in the future might also be necessary. And that children younger than 12 might need a smaller dose of the vaccine. This teenager from Kentucky helped get us here. 14-year-old Ty dropic was a patient in pfizer's clinical trial in December. It's a really good process. It's really helping the community so do it, if not for you, for the community. Reporter: His mother Amanda says getting her family vaccinated is giving her peace of mind. It makes me feel safer. As a pediatrician for some of my kids medically fragile the sooner they can get it, the safer I'll feel for them. Reporter: Some calling it an important step in protecting If you are wondering or on the fence I would absolutely talk to your pediatrician and so that you can make a good decision and definitely recommend it for my patients and my own children. Reporter: Polls show it's still ab uphill battle to get American parents to get their child -- children vaccinated with the covid-19 vaccine. Only about a third of American parents say they will give their children this shot right away, George. Okay, Steve, thanks very much.

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