Health Editor’s Note: Currently everyone age 16 and up can receive the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. As of Monday, Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine was approved for 12 year olds. The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine can be given to anyone age 18 and over. Now it is time to start vaccinating children below 16 and get the children safely back into school and on the road to resuming normal childhoods. Trials have been ongoing for months and data is being accumulated and the FDA will be making decisions as to what criteria these vaccines must meet in order to be safely given to children….Carol
“Vaccines continue to be an important public health measure in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the FDA has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use that have met our rigorous standards for quality, safety, and effectiveness – two are authorized for individuals 18 and older, and one is authorized for individuals 16 and older.
We recognize that the next critical step is having vaccines available for use throughout the pediatric population.
As with the initial COVID-19 vaccine authorizations, we want to ensure that the public has a clear understanding of our expectations for the data and information needed to support requests for emergency use authorization and biologics license applications for vaccines intended to prevent COVID-19 in this pediatric age range.”