COVID-19 shots for age 2-11 by September?

Date: May 28, 2021

Pfizer will seek clearance in September 2021 for its vaccine to be used in children aged 2 to 11 at that time.  Apparently it will be the same formulation that is already used in adults and teens.

We usually receive the yearly Flu vaccine around Labor Day.  So it's possible that we will routinely offer COVID-19 shots, along with Flu shots, to kids 2 and over in September.

Also, Pfizer has applied for full approval of its vaccine.  Currently, all COVID-19 vaccines have "Emergency Use Authorization," which allows them to be used during the Pandemic emergency.  But "full" FDA approval will put the vaccine on the same footing as other standard vaccines, including the usual childhood vaccines.  This would clear the way for schools, colleges, and employers (government and private) to eventually require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of attendance or employment.

Click here for the New York Times article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/04/health/pfizer-vaccine-children-approval.html

     --  David Epstein MD