ATLANTA – Since the FDA granted full approval of the Pfizer vaccine to people 16 years of age and older, many parents have counted until their children can receive the vaccine.
As the children return to school, local parents fear they will catch COVID-19 because they are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.
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“It’s like my anxiety is increasing every day, every day,” said Fulton County parent Tanesha Clayborn.
Clayborn said Channel 2’s Ashli Lincoln that she and her husband Rodney pray for their children every morning before sending them to school.
“The first thing I can say is, ‘Okay, what’s going to happen? What will happen to him? “, did she say.
This week, the couple were told their 11-year-old daughter had been exposed to the virus at her school in Fulton County.
After Monday’s announcement that the FDA was giving full approval of the Pfizer vaccine for those over 16, many families like the Clayborns are calling for a timeline for full approval for those under 12.
“This Pfizer vaccine is still available for children between the ages of 12 and 15. These young adolescents are still available under emergency use authorization,” said Dr. Jayne Morgan, executive director of the COVID task force.
Dr. Morgan has heard of parents who have obtained permission from their pediatrician to administer the vaccine to young children, but she does not recommend it.
“If you’re under 12, we certainly can’t stop you from going to your pediatrician and asking for a vaccine. But it is not approved for this indication, these trials are not complete. And we don’t have any data on that, ”she said.
Doctors are currently anticipating FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds in the coming weeks.
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Researchers say children may need a lower dose because their immune systems respond more strongly to the drug.
Doctors also say that the side effects that children experience are similar to those seen in adults, such as fever, headache, and pain in the arm.
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