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The US Food and Drug Administration cleared the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use by children 12 to 15 years old. As a result, school kids can now get COVID-19 immunization before they start the next school year.

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Widening Vaccine Coverage

Millions of Americans aged 16 years and above already received the prescribed 2-shot vaccine course using the Pfizer-BioNTech product.

The FDA’s decision last Monday expands the vaccine’s coverage by adding children between the ages of 12 to 15. The Pfizer-BioNTech consortium submitted an application after conducting a study involving around 2,260 children of the same age. Results show that the vaccine works equally well with the age group.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden welcomed the FDA move. “The light at the end of the tunnel is growing, and today it got a little brighter,” Biden said in a statement.

The widened coverage allows US health officials to immunize even more Americans as soon as possible. If more people join in the vaccination efforts, many areas can ease pandemic measures currently in place.

Next Target for Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine: Children Aged 2 to 11

By September, Pfizer is aiming to apply for FDA emergency use authorization for children aged 2-11 years if results show promise.

The expansion “is a significant step in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock. “Today’s action allows for a younger population to be protected from Covid-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic.”

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The agency gave the green light after a thorough review of trial data. This development can help with the planned moves to reopen schools full-time next semester. 

Already, many school districts announced full reopening plans for this fall. However, the uncertainty on when schoolchildren can receive their shots can mix up schedules.

“The vaccination is the ticket for the most normal school year possible next year,” according to Fairfax County, Virginia., Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand. Fairfax plans to offer full-time, in-person instruction this fall.

Americans Getting Vaccinated

At present, more than 114 million Americans completed their COVID-19 vaccinations, per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Inoculating children is a necessary step in reaching the numbers for community immunity. Children below 18 years comprise 25% of the US population.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla thanked children and their parents who volunteered for the vaccine trials. “We’re saving children from ending up sick and going to the hospital,” said William Gruber, senior vice president of Pfizer’s vaccine clinical research. “We’re also expanding on that herd immunity protection that is going to be so critical for us to resume our normal lives.”

How Soon Can Teens Get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?

Given that adolescents will use the same Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, they can join older Americans at government-sanctioned pharmacies and mass vaccination sites.

The FDA plans to announce expanded eligibility for adolescents to join mass vaccination drives can come by Thursday. This is according to Peter Marks, heads of the FDA division that regulates vaccines.

If everything goes according to schedule, many adolescents will receive full vaccination before going to summer camp. Even more, teens will get protection from coronavirus once the new school year opens.

Surveys Show A Mixed Reaction Among Parents

Meanwhile, surveys suggest that some parents will want their qualified children vaccinated as soon as possible. However, some parents prefer to wait, as they feel hesitant in getting vaccines for children. Some public-school systems plan to urge families to get their children immunized by offering shots in schools.

Districts generally require vaccination against infectious diseases like measles and mumps for their students. However, several school superintendents cautioned against requiring students.

The reason is that the vaccines are currently approved only for emergency use. If any school systems will issue requirements, it should be for fully approved vaccines. Meanwhile, White House press secretary Jen Psaki weighed in on the issue.

She confirmed that the federal government won’t require schools to mandate student vaccinations.

Watch the WFAA News video reporting that the FDA issues emergency authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children as young as 12:

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22 Comments

  • Peter Beater says:

    No way! It takes 15 yrs to assure a vaccine is safe. They release vaccine in a year for terminally Ill patience that are usually dieing ssoon.not safe for adults let alone children.

  • BBA says:

    If you allow the corrupt Government to inject your child with an unproven drug that NO ONE knows what is actually in it or what may be the long term effects of it you are a f’n idiot period!! The FDA and CDC are both corrupt as they come and if the clueless cowardly Americans out there would stop being so afraid of their own shadows and listen to the experts who the media and government are continuously trying to silence then you would know that these vaccines are very dangerous!

  • RLE says:

    Absolutely not! Children are the least likely to get covid.
    This herd immunity terminology makes it sound like we are animals not humans. Give it ten years & see the health issues that come as a result. The vaccines are a money maker for the drug companies & the politicians. I question whether the President & staff got the real vaccine or just pretended to. We will never have the answer to that question.

  • jeff says:

    If you are ok with your daughter never being able to have children then go for it. Have her immunized against a disease that has a less than one in a million chance of her having to go to the hospital. Virtually NO chance of killing her – go for it. After all, sleepy Joe says its a good thing.

  • Specialist says:

    What the majority forgets or are not aware of or because of the constant battering of censorship the minute an opinion goes against the Gov News Media Narrative is that 98.2% I believe thats the correct percentage of people that recover from being infected with Covid-19. The Gov News Media Fear Mongors terms is “cases” to create panic and compliance. Numbers in Cases Cases Cases however they do not report on the recovery percentage of those cases, it would demolish their narrative. Sooooo with 98.2 percent recovery from contracting the virus there is No Real Need for a untested, protected from litigation if you die or become disabled liquid in a vial. This is Common Sense 101. Fear is a very Powerful Weapon and it has been used very effectively on the Worlds Pop. We need to Rise Up. We out number these Dibolical Tyrants…

  • Jr says:

    We are too willing to follow blindly into the abyss. It’s too early to see long term effects of the vaccines. I would rather take my chances. As for those who think they are immune just because they got a shot are ignorant at best. It just lessons the duration and better prepares your body to fight it. Also, you can still touch a contaminated surface and touch another surface and spread the virus, so the misinformation that vaccinated people can’t spread it is a fallacy.

  • Anonymous says:

    unsubscribe me from this site!

  • thomas murphy says:

    No. Wouldnt it be a blessing if we invented a common sense vaccine?

  • Anonymous says:

    No way in hell. I love my kid and not letting them use him as guinea pig….1st it’s the adults, then now the kids and babies…how evil!!!What are they up to?? Last year said kids do not spread…now all of a sudden the need “shot”. I know adults who got shot and said they feel weird or different already and some died. Hmmm..the billionaires have their agenda and they should be the 1’s gone.

  • Jessica Pollard says:

    Nope! I will not be giving my children this vaccine. For every single reason listed above that is already mentioned

  • anonymous says:

    Nope! I will not be giving my children this vaccine. For every single reason listed above that is already mentioned

  • Pray for humanity says:

    If you give your child a bioweapon, you should be in jail for child abuse. Do your homework! The real pandemic is a lack of CS. (Common sense)

  • CM says:

    Not on your life. Literally, I would kill anyone who tried to inject my child with this poison. WTF is wrong with people, to give your child an experimental “vaccine” for an illness they have below zero percent chance of catching and even less of a chance of being harmed by. It’s absolutely insane and shows the agenda isn’t protecting people, but rather injecting people.

  • Karen says:

    There wasn’t a “Hell NO!” choice in voting. I’m ticked off enough. Just got word that we must cancel our Spain Pilgrimage. Only Europeans are welcome. No one from countries where Covid is active. And so it begins…

  • Marc Cawthon says:

    This “IMMUNOTOXIN” is (NOT) a vaccine.
    I wouldn’t allow it to be given to my “dog’s”, much less a child.
    It’s wrought with ill-intent.

  • Lori says:

    First of all it is not a Vaccine, it’s gene therapy. My child nor myself will never be experimented on by greed.
    This is the biggest hoax ever and the sheeple are afraid! Wake up people. I’m glad there are some of us that have our eyes wide open.

  • David says:

    Wow, truly scary. But don’t forget now the other “vaccine” is approved for down to 2 year olds. They’re working hard to kill everyone off. Some places are being bribed with beer, money and other silly gimmicks to lure people into the gas chamber.

  • Mamabear says:

    Start the Nuremberg trials!!

  • Anonymous says:

    If I get the VACCINE what will i be protected from????? The FDA has NOT put their APPROVAL on it. Only on EMERGENCY! And that means they have SKIPPED many STEPS they normally take for a complete APPROVAL. The FDA and the DRUG companies assume NO LIABILITIES!! The drug companies and the government work together on these vaccines. I do NOT TRUST either. I will NOT be a GUINEA PIG!!
    🥕🥕🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑 This illustration SAYS IT ALL!! People being lead to SLAUGHTER!

  • thomas murphy says:

    Its obvious that anonymous was a left wing socialist liberal thats not grown up enough (this isn’t by age) to open up to debate .I really wish they would stay in the debate on critical items that need to be talked thru for the betterment of all of our issues .vs just screaming ,yealing,and destroying to think that resolves any issue .Please stay .Now lets all of us .Go make this a great day ,and a free america.

  • Ora Jones says:

    No way I’m going to get my child vaccinated until the government approved that’s its safety for going to school

  • David says:

    Can’t be anything evil behind a gene therapy drug that doesn’t prevent transmission or infection. Or the fact that people are being offered beer, money, being manipulated to get the drug?! And now the unvaxxed are wearing masks to protect the vaccinated?

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