Kids as young as 12 can now get vaccinated

May 13, 2021
Written by wpengine

According to recent news reports U.S regulators have now expanded the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as 12 which will help a return to normal social activities such as back-to-school shopping and preparing for in-classroom learning again this Fall.

The Food and Drug Administration declared that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and offers strong protection for younger teens based on testing of more than 2,000 U.S. volunteers ages 12 to 15. The agency noted there were no cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated adolescents compared with 16 among kids given dummy shots. More intriguing, researchers found the kids developed higher levels of virus-fighting antibodies than earlier studies measured in young adults.

The latest news is welcome for U.S. families struggling to decide what activities are safe to resume when the youngest family members remain unvaccinated.

In the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says unvaccinated people — including children — should continue taking precautions such as wearing masks indoors and keeping their distance from other unvaccinated people outside of their households.

Source: The Seattle Times