Biden admin says COVID vaccine may be available to children under 5 by late June

Our expectation is that within weeks, every parent who wants their child 接种疫苗 will be able to get an appointment,” 贾说.

We know that many, many parents are eager to vaccinate their youngest kids, and it’s important to do this right,” 他加了.

A youngster receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a pediatric vaccine clinic for children ages 5 至 11 set up at Willard Intermediate School in Santa Ana, 加州, 星期二, 十一月. 9, 2021.

A youngster receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a pediatric vaccine clinic for children ages 5 至 11 set up at Willard Intermediate School in Santa Ana, 加州, 星期二, 十一月. 9, 2021. (美联社照片/Jae C. 洪, 文件)

Pfizer and BioNTech requested that the FDA approve a three-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine for children younger than 5 years old on Wednesday.

The companies originally studied two doses, but scrapped those plans earlier this year after it proved ineffective against the omicron variant.

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The new three-dose regimen was 80.3% effective at preventing symptomatic infection in children younger than 5, according to results of a study that Pfizer released last month. Children take just three microgram doses, a tenth of the shot that adults take.

A healthcare worker administers a booster dose of a COVID 19 vaccine at a temporary vaccine center in Guatemala City, 星期二, 游行 1, 2022.

A healthcare worker administers a booster dose of a COVID 19 vaccine at a temporary vaccine center in Guatemala City, 星期二, 游行 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Not all parents appear to be jumping at the opportunity to vaccinate their youngest kids.

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只是 18% of parents with children younger than 5 said they would immediately get their kids vaccinated when the FDA grants approval, 而 38% said they would wait and see how it works for others, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released last month.

博士. Manjul Shukla transfers Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe, 星期四, 十二月. 2, 2021, at a mobile vaccination clinic in Worcester, 弥撒.

博士. Manjul Shukla transfers Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe, 星期四, 十二月. 2, 2021, at a mobile vaccination clinic in Worcester, 弥撒. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, an outside board that gives input on emergency use requests, will meet on June 15 to review Pfizer’s application.

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