Early this Morning Pfizer officially submitting its vaccine data for children ages 5 to 11.
The FDA will now review that data and the CDC director says we could see emergency use authorization for that age group in just weeks.
Reena Roy has the latest.
A big step in the fight against covid-19 younger children could soon have protection against the virus. With Pfizer submitting vaccine data for ages 5-11 for emergency use authorization from the
“If they approve it, we will be ready with our manufacturing to provide this new formulation of the vaccine, it’s one-third of the dose that we are giving to the rest of the population.”
Pfizer says in clinical trials that lower dose appeared safe in effective in that age group.
Kids who participated in the trial in San Francisco’s Bay Area say they were excited to be a part of it.
“I feel good. I feel proud that I got into it”
“I immediately wanted to do it so I can have more time with my friend without masks”
This as healthcare facilities across New York State brace for possible staffing shortages with the state’s vaccine mandate taking effect for healthcare workers.
“You need to be assured that the person taking care of you is not going to give Covid to you”
With 8 percent of the state’s healthcare workers still unvaccinated, thousands stand to lose their job if they refuse to get vaccinated.
“We will not comply”
“It’s terrifying to me what’s going to happen: the waits in ERs, the lack of care, the long waits for bells to be answered. It’s terrifying.”
After a court ruling overnight New York City will require all public school employees to get their shots by Friday.
In North Carolina Novant Health firing nearly 200 employees for refusing to follow company’s mandatory vaccination policy there.
Some positive news on the vaccine front the racial gap in vaccination rates appears to be closing, with a new K.F.F. Poll showing at least 70 percent of hispanic and black adults have gotten at least
one dose, roughly the same percentage as white adults.