Official on Vaccines: ‘We’re Never Going to Learn About How Safe it Is Unless We Start Giving It’

Official on Vaccines: 'We’re Never Going to Learn About How Safe it Is Unless We Start Giving It'

( – Since the pandemic began, people in America and globally have been waiting for a prevention or cure for COVID-19 so they could return to normal life. Once the vaccine made its way to the adult population, the federal government left one group out of the equation: children.

On October 26, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee had a meeting to discuss and vote on recommending authorization for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for kids between 5 and 11 years old. During the discussions, committee member Eric Rubin said they can’t know “how safe the vaccine is unless [they] start giving it.”

Pfizer’s testing among that age group took place among 4500 participants, and began in March 2021. Some American parents have questioned the proposed approach.

The COVID Vaccine and Kids

Despite Rubin’s comments seemingly dismissing parental concerns, the meeting concluded with a 17-0 vote to recommend emergency authorization to the FDA. According to the attendant roster, many committee members have connections to Pfizer.

Although the group doesn’t have the final say in authorizing the vaccine, the FDA relies on its recommendations when making a decision. Since the Biden administration already advises everyone 12 years and older to inoculate against COVID-19, there’s no reason to believe they won’t follow the committee’s advice.

The FDA and Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most children are not at high risk of complications from COVID-19, although they could spread the virus to older, more susceptible, or immunocompromised loved ones. The advisory panel included in its decision that not every child necessarily needs the shot. They recommended concentrating on children who carry a “high risk of severe disease.”

Just as with many medications, nobody knows the long-term effects any given person might incur concerning “cancer, fertility, or autoimmune disease.” However, public health experts think vaccinating this particular population will go a long way in helping to stop the pandemic.

If the FDA and the CDC sign off on the authorization for the children’s version of the Pfizer vaccine, parents could have the choice before them as soon as November. The FDA stated that they want to give parents the option to vaccinate their young ones as they see fit.

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