May 10, 2021 – The FDA on Monday granted long-awaited authorization for the first COVID-19 vaccine in teens age 12 to 15.
The decision to OK the use of the Pfizer vaccine in teens and adolescents makes an estimated 17 million more Americans eligible to be vaccinated. Thus far, 58% of U.S. adults have had at least one dose of a vaccine and 34.8% of all Americans are fully vaccinated.
In late March, Pfizer released results from a study that showed the vaccine proved 100% effective against COVID-19 among more than 2,200 adolescent volunteers.
American Academy of Pediatricians president Lee Savio Beers, MD, praised the agency’s decision, calling it a “critically important step in bringing life-saving vaccines to children and adolescents,” Beers said in a statement. “Our youngest generations have shouldered heavy burdens over the past year, and the vaccine is a hopeful sign that they will be able to begin to experience all the activities that are so important for their health and development.”
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