When can kids under 5 get vaccinated? Timeline hazy

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The omicron variant and the winter wave of COVID-19 have individuals questioning about those that are unvaccinated—and never by alternative.

They’re kids under age 5.

Pfizer and BioNTech introduced immediately that they’re going to take a look at including a 3rd shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to the protocol for kids ages 2 to 4, as a result of two doses didn’t trigger an sufficient immune response. Two doses had been sufficient for kids ages 6 to 24 months, although.

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If the three-dose research works, the businesses say they’ll ship the info to the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) as a part of their utility for an emergency use authorization within the first half of 2022. That’s a delayed timeline in comparison with a extra optimistic estimate earlier in December from Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, who advised NBC News that information is perhaps obtainable by the tip of this 12 months.

Pfizer and BioNTech will now look at the effectiveness of a 3rd dose of a 3-microgram injection a minimal of two months after younger kids get their second ones.

Presently, kids under 5 are the one group not licensed for the COVID-19 vaccination.

The drugmakers’ Part 1/2/3 trial initially enrolled as many as 4,500 kids, between 6 months and 12 years outdated in the US, Finland, Poland, and Spain.