Vaccines for COVID-19 have been readily available in the United States for a number of months now. However, they are still only approved for Americans age 12 and older. Families with kids younger than that have needed to remain extra cautious over the past several months while waiting for the vaccines to get approved for younger children. It seems now that there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s everything you need to know this week.
Vaccines for kids aged 5 to 11 could be available by the end of October, at the earliest
The new school year is now in full swing across the country and many kids are back to school for in-person learning for the first time since the pandemic began 18 months ago. But kids younger than 12 are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and it’s still not completely clear when that authorization might happen. Back in late August, it seemed that it wouldn’t be until the start of 2022 at the earliest that we’d see an approval of any of the vaccines available to kids under 12. Now, it seems, the authorization could come a bit sooner than that.
According to a report out today in The New York Times, for kids between the ages of 5 and 11, the COVID-19 vaccines could be available by the end of October. On Sunday, Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), told “Face the Nation” on CBS that the Pfizer vaccine could be available by Halloween. Gottlieb now sits on the board of Pfizer.
Both Moderna and Pfizer have announced publicly that they are actively collecting and analyzing data on the effectiveness and safety of their COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 12 years old.