ERIE (Erie News Now) – It might not be long before we see kids ages 5 to 11 rolling up their sleeves and getting the long awaited for COVID-19 vaccine.
Pfizer announced last week they requested FDA emergency use authorization for kids in this age group.
Once approved and the CDC signs off, pediatricians offices and pharmacies will start stocking up on these child size doses which could be as soon as later this month or early November.
This news brings joy to pediatricians so we took it to see how local parents are feeling.
Some have been on the edge of their seats waiting to get their kids vaccinated.
“I’m a nurse and the COVID we’re seeing is very, very bad,” Kim Schmader said. “I just think it’s our due diligence to get our kids vaccinated. This isn’t going to go away unless we do.”
Ruthann Lipman is the mother to a six and a half year old who was in the clinical trial group for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11.
“We’re hoping it gets approved for other kids around the country as soon as possible,” she said.
Convincing some other parents may be a challenge. According to NBC, only 30 percent say they would get their children vaccinated immediately.
“I don’t think the vaccination has been out long enough,” Tina Clark said. “I don’t think there’s enough information and it doesn’t make me feel very comfortable.”
According to Pfizer, a dose one third the size of that given to adults, is both safe and effective in young children and could be in their arms before Christmas.