Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky approved a COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer for children ages 5-11 on Tuesday.
The dosage is approximately one-third of amount given to those 12 and older and adults.
CDC director signs off on child doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, allowing millions of kids ages 5 to 11 to receive their shots nowhttps://t.co/ENz8BbxB3h
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 3, 2021
28 Million Children Now Eligible
“Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against the virus that causes COVID-19,” Walensky said in a statement.
“We know millions of parents are eager to get their children vaccinated and with this decision, we now have recommended that about 28 million children receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
“As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their pediatrician, school nurse or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated,” Walensky added.
Over 90% Effective Rating
“The COVID-19 vaccine authorized for this group is over 90% effective at preventing COVID-19,” the CDC said in its announcement.
CDC accepted the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that children ages 5–11 be vaccinated against #COVID19.
The COVID-19 vaccine authorized for this group is over 90% effective at preventing COVID-19.
— CDC (@CDCgov) November 3, 2021
However, not everyone is on board with vaccinating their children. Medical experts remain divided regarding whether children need the shot. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, children have been among those at lowest risk of testing positive.
In addition, many parents are concerned about child vaccine mandates. California has already required a vaccine mandate for students 12 and up to attend public school. Some parents are concerned the CDC’s recommendation will lead to additional requirements for children.
The controversy will continue as the issue of vaccine mandate grows in a variety of areas nationwide. Children being approved for the vaccine and being required to take the vaccine mark a very important difference.