AUSTIN (KXAN) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Friday approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for administration to children ages 5 to 11.
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Texas Children’s Pediatrics said it already has a stock of Pfizer vaccine ready to use and could begin delivering vaccines as early as Saturday, Nov. 6, once it receives approval for use from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC will meet on Tuesday to make more detailed recommendations about which children should be vaccinated, and it will have the final say on whether the vaccine will be approved.
dr. Stanley Spinner, chief medical officer and vice president at Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care, said vaccinating your children is the most important thing parents can do to keep them safe.
“There’s nothing better you can do to protect your child than vaccinate them against preventable diseases, and this is certainly an opportunity that we haven’t had until now,” Spinner said.
How will Austin vaccinate young children once the Pfizer injection is ready?
Speaking to parents who are hesitant to vaccinate their children, Spinner said doctors have seen no new long-term or dangerous side effects in patients who received the injection. Spinner assured that the vaccine is safe and effective.
“Be afraid of COVID-19,” Spinner said. “Don’t be afraid of the vaccine.”
Parents can schedule their children’s vaccination appointments for next week and beyond at texaschildrens.org.