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COVID vaccine for kids 5-11 may soon be approved – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-09-13 18:04:00 –

FDA approval may come by Halloween

Oregon School Student During Pandemic, 2021 (KOIN, File)

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — The COVID-19 vaccine could soon be approved for children under the age of 12 in October.

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the Pfizer vaccine could be approved for use in children between the ages of 5 and 11 in the coming weeks.

The number of cases of COVID in children is increasing because the virus requires unvaccinated. Parents are worried about sending masked children to school instead of vaccines.

Masking and distance requirements remain a challenge for elementary school students, especially when on a school bus or not at school.

Pfizer board member Gottlieb said the company plans to send research data to the FDA later this month and obtain urgent approval for use in children aged 5-11 in October.

“The FDA says it will take weeks, not months, to evaluate its clinical data, whether or not the vaccine is approved for children aged 5 to 11 years,” Gottlieb said. “I interpret it as probably meaning 4 or 6 weeks, but given the timeline I just laid out, the best scenario would be for children 5-11 years old to have the vaccine available by Halloween. There is sex. “

For now, there is still this warning: Do not vaccinate your child until it is approved. Once approved, the dose may be lower than the dose received by people over the age of 12.

Currently, only about half of children aged 12 to 17 years are fully vaccinated against COVID, even if they are eligible to get sick in May.

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