- Pfizer said Thursday that it has asked the FDA to authorize its COVID-19 vaccine with BioNTech for children ages 5 to 11.
- Peter Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital, said, “Kids need to get that vaccination, so that’s really good news, and hopefully it’ll be released to the public soon after Halloween. Will be done.”
Dr. Hotez urges parents to avoid misinformation and get their young children vaccinated, as Pfizer has officially approved the Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine with BioNTech for children ages 5 to 11. asked to authorize.
“There’s a narrative that’s false … that it’s a disease especially of older Americans, who are over the age of 70 or 80, and we learned over the summer with this Delta version … that was never true,” said Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital. “Kids need to get that vaccination, so that’s really good news, and hopefully it’ll be released to the public shortly after Halloween.”
If the FDA approves the vaccine, 28 million more children would be eligible. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is only approved for children 12 years of age and older. A key FDA vaccine advisory group meeting is scheduled to take place on October 26 to discuss Pfizer’s data.
More than 22,000 children have been hospitalized and 520 have died due to Kovid-19 American Academy of Pediatrics. Hotez told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that given those high numbers, “the need is clear” to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11.
When it comes to COVID-19 vaccines for children, Hotez told another false story.
“The other propaganda you hear is we’re only vaccinating kids to protect adults and kids are fine, and we’re just using them as cannon fodder to protect adults, And this is bullshit,” Hotez said.