Covid Vaccines for 5-11 Year Olds


Jenna Williams, Staff Writer

The CDC now recommends that parents who want to vaccinate their children from ages 5-11 are able too. Pfizer, the leading vaccine, got the FDA to approve it which allowed the vaccines to be put out to the younger audience. 

People who worked to get the vaccine out to the public state that “Clearly, we’ve emphasized from the get-go that this will be driven by the science and the medicine and that’s the expertise and the decision-making authority of the FDA and the CDC” (Fox 8 Live). They are stating that allowing vaccinations for different ages will help us reach herd immunity, resistance to the spread because of the majority of the population being vaccinated, sooner. This will take us one step closer to allowing our country to go back to some normalcy.

Some knowledge on when we can achieve normality is perhaps by Christmas.  “The FDA’s independent advisory committee meets on October 26 and the same type of panel for the CDC meets on November 2 and 3 on authorizing vaccines for 5 to 11-year-olds. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses three weeks apart, so [since its] approved for younger kids, some children could be fully vaccinated by Christmas” states NY Times Pfizer. This would give a wonderful chance for families to visit loved ones during the holiday break without the worry of spreading covid.

Pfizer and BioNTech asked federal regulators on Thursday [October 7th] to authorize emergency use of their coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a move that could help protect more than 28 million people in the United States” (NY Times Pfizer). This is a big decision that the CDC made as well as the FDA to approve this.  Vaccinating more than 28 million people is something many people and families are looking forward to.