SPOKAN, Washington – Children under the age of five now have to wait a few more months before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA has postponed a meeting to discuss vaccinations for young children, disappointing many parents.
Both the FDA and Pfizer say vaccines are not yet ready because new data on vaccinations for children are emerging.
The FDA planned to discuss the vaccine on Tuesday, but they postponed it at the request of Pfizer and BioNTech. Pfizer originally asked for a two-dose vaccine for children aged six months to four years, but she said there was new evidence that led them to reject it.
“Given that the study is advancing at a rapid pace, companies will expect data on three doses, as Pfizer and BioNTech still believe it could provide a higher level of protection in this age group,” Pfizer said. news release on Friday.
This means that approximately 18 million children across the country will have to wait even longer for the deployment.
Samantha Bennett’s four-year-old son is one of them. She is ready for the vaccine.
“He goes to preschool, and in January we were only there for six days because of how many COVID cases were postponed,” she said.
She wants him to get vaccinated so they can have a little more structure again.
“It upsets me a little. I feel that we are now at a stage where we can definitely deploy them, but at the same time I am grateful that we are giving him an extra look to make sure we are really safe, ”Bennett said.“ This is the first big a thing that has happened in my life. It is very strange to go through this and try to make the right decisions. “
Pfizer said it plans to get data on the three-dose vaccine and its effectiveness in early April.
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