TUESDAY, Might 17, 2022 (HealthDay Information)
A single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine could be given to 5- to 11-year-olds, the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration introduced immediately.
The third shot could be given at the very least 5 months after wholesome youngsters full the two-dose vaccine collection, the FDA stated. Its motion, which now goes to the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention for approval, dovetails with an increase in infections in lots of areas of the nation.
“Whereas it has largely been the case that COVID-19 tends to be much less extreme in kids than adults, the Omicron wave has seen extra youngsters getting sick with the illness and being hospitalized, and youngsters may expertise longer-term results, even following initially gentle illness,” stated FDA commissioner Dr. Robert Califf. “The FDA is authorizing the usage of a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5 by means of 11 years of age to present continued safety in opposition to COVID-19.”
Califf famous that vaccination is the simplest means to forestall COVID-19 and its penalties. And, he emphasised, it’s protected.
The CDC should resolve whether or not to formally suggest the booster for this age group. The CDC’s scientific advisers are scheduled to meet on Thursday, in accordance to the Related Press(*11*).
FDA officers based mostly their determination on an evaluation of information from a gaggle of youngsters in an ongoing trial that led to final fall’s authorization of the Pfizer vaccine major collection in 5- to 11-year-olds.
Antibody responses have been evaluated in 67 research individuals who acquired a booster dose seven to 9 months after finishing the two-dose vaccine routine. A month after the booster, their antibody ranges have been greater than earlier than, in accordance to the FDA.
The security of a single Pfizer booster dose was assessed in about 400 kids, aged 5 to 11, who acquired it 5 to 9 months after the two-dose collection.
Probably the most generally reported unwanted side effects have been ache, redness and swelling on the injection web site, in addition to fatigue, headache, muscle or joint ache, and chills and fever.
Dr. Diego Hijano, an infectious illness specialist at St. Jude Youngsters’s Analysis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., welcomed the FDA authorization.
“With an uptick in infections and the potential for a surge within the fall, a booster shot for kids ages 5 to 11 is a crucial layer of safety,” Hijano stated. “Vaccines save lives. Mother and father of eligible kids, 5 months out from their final COVID vaccine shot, ought to make appointments for their kid’s booster so that they have full safety for the summer time from extreme sickness and hospitalization.”
In the meantime, Califf urged mother and father whose eligible kids haven’t but been vaccinated to get the photographs.
“Getting them vaccinated may also help shield them from the possibly extreme penalties that may happen, reminiscent of hospitalization and loss of life,” he stated in an FDA information launch.
The CDC famous that greater than 350 youngsters between the ages of 5 and 11 have died on account of COVID-19, in accordance to AP(*11*).
In the present day’s motion follows the FDA’s authorization on Jan. 3 of a single booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds.
The FDA didn’t maintain a gathering of its vaccine advisory committee earlier than deciding on the Pfizer booster for 5- to 11-year-olds. It stated there have been no considerations that may profit from further dialogue by committee members. Related paperwork concerning the determination can be found on the FDA’s web site.
There’s extra on COVID-19 vaccines on the American Academy of Pediatrics.
SOURCES: U.S. Meals and Drug Administration, information launch, Might 17, 2022; Related Press(*11*)
By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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