Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-09-21 04:05:26 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — Children aged 5 to 11 may be lined up next to get a shot of COVID-19.
Pfizer announced on Monday, September 20, that clinical trials in that age group have shown that the vaccine is safe and effective.
However, an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration is required before Shot can be armed.
The study included 2,268 children and used lower vaccine doses than those currently used for people over the age of 12.
“It produces a good immune response at that dose and it’s safe,” said Dr. Silpapatel, a pediatric hospitalist at Hawaii Pacific Health. “So let’s see what the FDA is saying, and hopefully the fingers crossed. It’s a game changer to vaccinate school-aged children.”
Since July, pediatric COVID-19 cases have increased by approximately 240% in the United States. According to the Hawaii Department of Health, children up to the age of 17 have had 12,476 COVID-19 infections since the outbreak of the pandemic. This is 18% of the total number of COVIDs in Hawaii.
According to Pfizer, the researchers did not observe cases of myocarditis (a heart inflammation that is rarely associated with the mRNA vaccine) during the study, adding that side effects are comparable to those in people aged 16 to 25 years.
“Myocarditis occurred in young adolescent men, but most of the time it wasn’t in this group and did not occur between the ages of 5 and 11,” said Josh Green, Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii. increase. “It was self-limiting. In other words, they were getting better anyway, it’s important. Also, the incidence of myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart, occurs at a much higher rate when infected with COVID. I mean, it’s always a gold standard. “
Pfizer said the findings still need to be reviewed by other scientists and will be reviewed by local doctors.
“We rely on a new kind of elite health team and state pediatricians. We have a lot of great people, so they will see it too. But overall, it looks good. Yes, it seems to give safe vaccinations to children aged 5 to 11 years, “said Lieutenant Green.
The FDA also needs to give a green light.
“The FDA is confident in recommending it to patients when it becomes available, because it takes time because it doesn’t rush when needed,” Dr. Patel said.
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DOH data show a total of 147 hospitalizations for children up to the age of 17. Lieutenant Green expects the FDA to take weeks to grant an emergency use authorization.
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