COVID-19 Vaccine Update


Kassidy Brackett, Reporter


There has been a new update for the Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine! Although they are not vaccinating them quite yet, the Covid-19 vaccine is now safe for people five years of age, up to people eleven years of age. It is considered safe, effective and “robust.” The reason it is not available yet is because the data is not peer-edited, reviewed, or published. FDA officials say that it could be available in only a matter of weeks though, if this data is approved. The trial included 2,268 participants ages 5 to 11 and used a two-dose regimen of the vaccine administered 21 days apart. This trial used a 10-microgram dose: smaller than the 30-microgram dose that has been used for those 12 and older. Participants’ immune responses were measured by looking at neutralizing antibody levels in their blood and comparing those levels to a control group of 16 to 25-year-olds who were given a two-dose regimen with the larger 30-microgram dose. Pfizer said the levels compared well with older people who received the larger dose, demonstrating a “strong immune response in this cohort of children one month after the second dose.” “Further, the COVID-19 vaccine was well tolerated, with side effects generally comparable to those observed in participants 16 to 25 years of age,” the company said. So this vaccine is another piece of good news because now we are one step closer to beating coronavirus, and being able to have things resume their regular course. Soon, everyone will be vaccinated!