Pfizer has submitted data from clinical trials involving lower doses of its Covid-19 vaccine and children aged 5 to 11. Because the clinical trials were successful and vaccinated children had a robust immune response, the pharmaceutical company sent the results to health regulators. The FDA panel of experts analyzed the data, and 17 of the 18 experts backed the use of the serum in young children. The Delta variant, which originated in India, has caused a surge in daily new infections worldwide, and parents need to protect their children against the virus.
Vaccinating children against the SARS-CoV-2 virus could keep schools open
Sources mention that over 28 million children in the U.S would fit in the 5 to 11 years old category and could benefit from the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. The FDA usually follows the advice of the independent committee in charge of analyzing the data received from pharmaceutical companies. However, further approval from the FDA and the CDC and a set of guidelines are required before administering the serum to that particular age group. If the vaccine gets FDA approval and parents decide to vaccinate their children, schools can resort to more on-site classes rather than online classes because infections should decrease.
The benefits of the Pfizer Covid-19 serum outweigh the risks
Although the pharmaceutical company announced the Pfizer serum was efficient and well-tolerated for more than 2,000 children who participated in clinical trials, there are still side effects that parents need to know about. The most common side effects are pain at the injection site, headaches, fever, and fatigue, while an extremely rare side effect is heart inflammation. The same sources mention that over 5,000 children in the U.S infected with the new coronavirus have suffered from heart inflammation and 46 children died because of it.
Vaccinating children could help manage the pandemic more efficiently
Although many children do not get seriously ill if they contract the virus, those asymptomatic can cause community outbreaks. By vaccinating children, we protect them from severe symptoms and hospitalization, and at the same time, we stop spreading the virus into our communities.