Kids get the same Pfizer vaccine as adults, and it’s 100% effective

Written by on May 12, 2021

Kids get the same Pfizer vaccine as adults, and it’s 100% effective

By Brittany Sweeney

May 12, 2021

A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. U.K. health authorities rolled out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, starting a global immunization program that is expected to gain momentum as more serums win approval. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

Kids aged 12 -15 could start getting the Pfizer vaccine by the end of this week.

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Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Chief of Infection Control and Prevention is weighing in on the safety of the vaccine for that age group.

Dr. Alex Benjamin, chief of infection control and prevention at Lehigh Valley Health Network, says the network is already receiving requests from school districts about helping them with vaccination campaigns for young teenagers, which could start as early as Thursday.

“The preliminary studies on the 12-to-15-year-old group showed 100% efficacy in preventing disease and severe hospitalization. So very similar, if not better than what we were seeing in the adult trial,” Benjamin says. 

It’s the very same shot an adult would get, he says.

His team at LVHN plans to shift its focus to this age group at current vaccine sites.

The move comes as the Food and Drug Administration gave approval May 10 after testing more than 2,000 volunteers in the U.S. 

The vaccines could start rolling out on May13 after a federal vaccine panel issues recommendations for using the shot in 12-to-15-year-olds. The recommendation is expected May 12.

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