Pfizer delays COVID-19 vaccine for children under five | WIVT
Pfizer delays COVID-19 vaccine for children under five |  WIVT

Pfizer delays COVID-19 vaccine for children under five | WIVT

ELMIRA. NEW (WETM) – Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer pushed the pause button on its COVID-19 vaccine for children from 6 months to 4 years.

The company initially had to apply to the Food and Drug Administration for an emergency use permit for its child-sized vaccine doses, though they decided to delay the process, saying they would wait for data to come out on a series of three doses of its vaccine.

“The idea would be that [the vaccine] provides more stimulation over time, ”said Arnot Health Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Justin Nistico. “It could prime the immune system in a very powerful way, where you can get more and more expected antibody response with each vaccination dose.”

Health experts stressed that the reason the vaccine was delayed is not the result of any safety concerns, but acknowledged that parents are likely to be wary of vaccinating their child.

“I think at first there will be those who are very interested in getting their child vaccinated and will do so right away,” said Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith, who stressed that parents should consult with their child’s pediatrician before receiving the vaccine. . “But there will be a good number, which it most likely is not [ready to vaccinate their children.]”

That assumption, health experts said, is based on current vaccination data. According to the New York State Department of Health, less than 70 percent of teens (ages 12-17) are fully vaccinated. Just over 30 percent of children ages 5-11 are fully vaccinated.

“Even if there is hesitation, there should be a kind of pause and think ‘this is a really good thing to do,'” Dr. Nistico said. this for our young children who are very vulnerable. “

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