The FDA extended their EUA today, authorizing the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in 12-15 year olds.
2,260 participants in that age group were enrolled in a study and while 16 cases of COVID-19 occurred among 978 placebo recipients, there were 0 cases of COVID-19 among the 1,005 vaccine recipients, meaning the vaccine was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19.
More than half of the participants were followed for safety for at least two months following the second dose. Side effects in the adolescents were similar to adults, with some having minor side effects that lasted for 1-3 days.
Kids from 6 months to 11 years old are currently being studied, with the hope to have approval later this year.
While most kids do not have severe reactions to COVID, they can still spread it, and it’s unknown what the long-term ramifications of COVID will be. Long-term COVID problems continue to plague many adults that were infected.
Others will argue that we don’t know what the long-term ramifications of the vaccine are, but nearly 100% of vaccine side effects show up within 2 months. The vaccines have been studied for more than a year now and they have proven to be wildly successful in stopping the spread of COVID.