Pfizer says COVID-19 clot shot vaccine "works" in kids ages 5 to 11

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters.

The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older. But with kids now back in school and the extra-contagious delta variant causing a huge jump in pediatric infections, many parents are anxiously awaiting vaccinations for their younger children.

For elementary school-aged kids, Pfizer tested a much lower dose — a third of the amount that’s in each shot given now. Yet after their second dose, children ages 5 to 11 developed coronavirus-fighting antibody levels just as strong as teenagers and young adults getting the regular-strength shots, Dr. Bill Gruber, a Pfizer senior vice president, told The Associated Press.

The kid dosage also proved safe, with similar or fewer temporary side effects — such as sore arms, fever or achiness — that teens experience, he said.

“I think we really hit the sweet spot,” said Gruber, who’s also a pediatrician.

Gruber said the companies aim to apply to the Food and Drug Administration by the end of the month for emergency use in this age group, followed shortly afterward with applications to European and British regulators.

Earlier this month, FDA chief Dr. Peter Marks told the AP that once Pfizer turns over its study results, his agency would evaluate the data “hopefully in a matter of weeks” to decide if the shots are safe and effective enough for younger kids.

An outside expert said scientists want to see more details but called the report encouraging.

“These topline results are very good news,” said Dr. Jesse Goodman of Georgetown University, a former FDA vaccine chief. The level of immune response Pfizer reported “appears likely to be protective.”

Many Western countries so far have vaccinated no younger than age 12, awaiting evidence of what’s the right dose and that it works safely. Cuba last week began immunizing children as young as 2 with its homegrown vaccines and Chinese regulators have cleared two of its brands down to age 3.

While kids are at lower risk of severe illness or death than older people, more than 5 million children in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began and at least 460 have died, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Cases in children have risen as the delta variant swept through the country.

“I feel a great sense of urgency” in making the vaccine available to children under 12, Gruber said. “There’s pent-up demand for parents to be able to have their children returned to a normal life.”

In New Jersey, 10-year-old Maya Huber asked why she couldn’t get vaccinated like her parents and both teen brothers have. Her mother, Dr. Nisha Gandhi, a critical care physician at Englewood Hospital, enrolled Maya in the Pfizer study at Rutgers University. But the family hasn’t eased up on their masking and other virus precautions until they learn if Maya received the real vaccine or a dummy shot.

Once she knows she’s protected, Maya’s first goal: “a huge sleepover with all my friends.”

Maya said it was exciting to be part of the study even though she was “super scared” about getting jabbed. But “after you get it, at least you feel like happy that you did it and relieved that it didn’t hurt,” she told the AP.

Pfizer said it studied the lower dose in 2,268 kindergartners and elementary school-aged kids. The FDA required what is called an immune “bridging” study: evidence that the younger children developed antibody levels already proven to be protective in teens and adults. That’s what Pfizer reported Monday in a press release, not a scientific publication. The study still is ongoing, and there haven’t yet been enough COVID-19 cases to compare rates between the vaccinated and those given a placebo — something that might offer additional evidence.

The study isn’t large enough to detect any extremely rare side effects, such as the heart inflammation that sometimes occurs after the second dose, mostly in young men. The FDA’s Marks said the pediatric studies should be large enough to rule out any higher risk to young children. Pfizer’s Gruber said once the vaccine is authorized for younger children, they’ll be carefully monitored for rare risks just like everyone else.

A second U.S. vaccine maker, Moderna, also is studying its shots in elementary school-aged children. Pfizer and Moderna are studying even younger tots as well, down to 6-month-olds. Results are expected later in the year.


Pretty neat for the manufacturers.

According to 42 U.S. Code § 300aa–22, “No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death associated with the administration of a vaccine after October 1, 1988, if the injury or death resulted from side effects that were unavoidable even though the vaccine was properly prepared and was accompanied by proper directions and warnings.”

In other words, companies that manufacture vaccines are not liable if someone has an allergic reaction or injury after being vaccinated.


Any parent that agrees to this should be charged with abuse


The left, media and administration has generated so much fear that people will rush to vaccinate their kids.


They want to beat their competitors to market. This has nothing to do with health and safety. It’s all about the money.


Let Pfizer employees give it to their kids first then! I want the details on what happens to their little lab rats.


They’ll be coming for our children next with forced vaccinations without parents consent! Something needs to be done NOW.

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They neglect to point out there’s very few deaths in that age of kids and side effects of the vaccines is unknown over a period of time. It’s already been seen to cause serious heart problems, blood clotting, problems, and neural problems in teens. They have no f’n clue what this will do long term in children this young.


Someone under age 18, is 4x more likely to drown than die with Covid. And 11x more likely to die in a car accident. They are twice as likely to die from the flu than from Covid.

The Covid mortality rate among children 0-17 is 0.0006%

Hopefully the FDA has to agree with Pfizer before administration begins…

Can’t believe how dangerous you Trumpers think the Trump vaccines are…:thinking:

Why are they targeting a demographic that is largely unaffected by COVID? Since the start of this scamdemic children were never classified as spreaders.

Well that’s not going to happen

Oh bullshit, it’s been long known that children were big spreaders. They just aren’t as likely to be sickened themselves….

They say 460 out of 5,000,000 kids have died from covid. That’s 0.0092% of kids died and 99.908% survived it. I think me and my kids will stay unvaccinated. Thanks but no thanks.

Sure let’s trust our kids to a company that payed the biggest fine in history for fraud and bribery.

Bring it, keep demonizing the Trump vaccines :joy::joy::joy:


How can Pzifer make this claim without years of clinical study? Where are the trials on lab animals? If you allow your child to be poisoned the results will be on your conscience for life.

I don’t believe Pfizer. I think they are profit driven instead of safety driven for our children. How about rescind the provisions where they can be sued and are 100 percent at fault if our children are hurt by this vaccine. I bet they would pull the vaccine.

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