US gives final clearance to COVID-19 shots for kids 5 to 11

Updated: 7:26 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2021

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writers

US health officials have given the final OK to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 5.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the go-ahead Tuesday night.

The announcement came only hours after a CDC advisory panel unanimously decided Pfizer's shots should be given to children ages 5 to 11.

Pfizer has already shipped millions of doses to states, doctors' offices and pharmacies. And pediatricians are getting ready to put shots into little arms.

The special kid shots contain just a third of the dose given to teens and adults.


Posted: 4:08 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2021

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writers

An influential U.S. advisory panel is recommending that all children ages 5 to 11 should get Pfizer's pediatric COVID-19 vaccine.

If the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agrees with Tuesday's vote, the U.S. will embark on a major expansion of vaccinations.

Pediatricians are getting ready to put kid-size doses into little arms as soon as they get the final OK.

Pfizer already has begun shipping millions of doses to states, doctors' offices and pharmacies.

The special kid shots contain just a third of the dose given to teens and adults.

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