SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Pfizer today announced that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12 years old, a step toward possibly beginning vaccinations in this age group before they head back to school in the fall, The Associated Press reports.
Currently, Pfizer’s vaccine is the only one that the FDA has approved for teenagers age 16 or older.
Parent, grandparents, and doctors are reacting to Pfizer’s statement saying their vaccine is 100 percent effective for kids ages 12 through 15.
That’s significant because many kids in that age group have gotten COVID-19.
A CDC study shows nearly twice as many kids between ages 12 to 15 get COVID more than kids between 5 and 11. Pediatric specialist with Willis-Knighton Health System, Dr. Joseph Bocchini, explains why the vaccine is 100 percent effective.
“There were a little over 2,000 children in the study half of them got a vaccine, half got the placebo. Amongst the children that got placebo, there were 18 cases of COVID infections. Among the vaccine recipients, there were none, so that’s where the figure of 100 comes from,” he said.
Dr. Bocchini says this is great news.
“Children represent a significant number in cases of COVID-19,” he said.
Reports say this vaccine could roll out for kids before school in the fall.