ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — When will young children be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
That has been a question for almost a year after adults in the united states started receiving their COVID-19 vaccines.
Recently, Pfizer completed a study showing how safe and effective the shot is for children 5 to 11 years old which showed it has more than a 90 percent chance to prevent symptomatic COVID-19 infections.
“Then they had to submit that data to the advisory panel of the FDA and that’s what happened yesterday and said they voted unanimously that the benefits of vaccinating will outweigh the risks of COVID-19 vaccinations for children,” Dr. Nola Ernest said.
The next step towards the shot of protection is the FDA approving the vaccine for emergency use and of course the CDC signing off lastly for the shot to be administered.
Dr. Nola Ernest, a pediatrician at Enterprise Pediatric Clinic says the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for children.
“Over 900,000 people in America have been hospitalized because of this disease and that includes over 28,000 children, 584 as of last week have died and 140,000 children have lost a parent or primary caregiver,” She said.
Although COVID-19 is less severe in kids, it’s the sixth leading cause of death. Dr. Ernest describes the vaccine as a modern miracle.
She said she’s aware parents will be hesitant about the vaccine.
“Go see your local pediatrician for that routine check-up ask them any question you have you know they are the experts in vaccinations and your child’s health,” She said.
If all goes well, the vaccine will be ready to be administered as soon as the second week of November.