Pediatricians say Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Wednesday, a CDC advisory panel will review the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and determine whether the shot should be approved for children 12 to 15 years of age. The Food and Drug Administration approved the emergency vaccine on Monday.
“I’ll be able to go more places, uh, without fear of getting COVID-19. And I can feel safer everywhere, ”said 14-year-old Jacob Laney.
It’s shot to return to normal for young teens. On Wednesday morning, a few children were getting ready for their COVID-19 vaccines after a year of coronavirus-related closures.
Indiana pediatricians said parents and children should be sure to get the vaccine. Most importantly, they said the shot is safe, effective and can help protect the entire community.
“Children become infected and that they can spread the virus. So we hope that with this vaccine we can minimize some of that spread, but at the same time protect children from getting serious illness and hospitalization, ”said Dr. John Christenson, a pediatrician and the medical director of Infection Prevention at Riley Hospital for Children .
Dr. Christenson said that, while rare, children in Indiana have died as a result of COVID-19, and the risk of getting the virus far exceeds the risk of this vaccine.
Currently, Indiana’s positivity rate for people 19 and under is 15.3%.
Pfizer said their COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective and well-tolerated by every child in the clinical trial. The FDA reviewed the data from that clinical trial involving more than 2,000 children, ages 12 to 15, and approved the shot.
Now, CDC advisers will meet on Wednesday to discuss whether and how the vaccine should be used in this younger age group. Doctors are confident the CDC will recommend the recording.
“The Pfizer vaccine, we have a lot of information about this vaccine. And we know it is very safe and very effective when you consider these 12-15 year olds who have enrolled in this study. They had 100% protection against hospitalization, you can’t beat that, ”said Dr. Christenson.
Pediatricians said children are expected to experience the same side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine as adults. Children should not receive other immunizations within 14 days of receiving their shot.
COVID-19 vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds are not expected to begin unless the CDC issues the recommendation on Wednesday. If approved, Indiana opens vaccination appointments for the age group on Thursday at 8 a.m.