Previous year was tough for every one specially the teens and pre teens who did distance learning, missed parties, outdoor games etc.
Food and Drug Administration, on Monday approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for teens and pre teens aging betwenn 12 to 15 and for others it was already approved for the usage.
The authorization for the vaccine has expanded up to 87 % of the total U.S. population. It includes more than 17 million children falling under the age of 18 as 1 in 5 cases of the COVID is the children falling under this age group.
The parents of these children might have many questions in their mind like;
When will the Vaccine shots begin?
A meeting between vaccine advisory committee and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was scheduled on Monday where discussion were done on when and how vaccine shots should be administered to the children.
It is likely that children aging between 12 to 15 will be getting the shots and the vaccination drive has to begin by this week itself.
Is the timing and dosage of vaccine different for this age group?
As of now, the dosage is exactly same as of the adults. Two shots of Pfizer vaccine 21 days apart is required for the complete vaccination.
According to the clinical trials conducted this dosage should work in this age group as well providing robust immunity with least side effects.
Does the vaccine really works?
According to the trials conducted in 1100 children, those who received shots of the vaccine were completely immune against COVID while only 16 cases were reported those who received Placebo.
Hence, it shows 100 % positive results in trials but it is not sure till how many days the immunity against corona virus will last.
What are the side effects?
The side effects are quite similar to that of adults. They may experience pain in their hand, headache, fever, chills, tiredness which would basically resolve within a day or two.
Children of this age should definitely get vaccinated as they are in their growing phase and require outdoor exposure. This is a great achievement and a mile stone achieved by the scientists for starting vaccination for this age group.