The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late yesterday expanded the emergency authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to incorporate 12- to 15-year-olds, paving the way in which for vaccinating a proportion of school-age youngsters earlier than the autumn.
“Today’s action allows for a younger population to be protected from COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic. Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations,” stated Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, MD, in a press release.
The Pfizer vaccine had beforehand been accepted to be used in folks ages 16 and up.
The FDA stated roughly 1.5 million youngsters ages 11 to 17 have been contaminated with COVID-19 within the United States from Mar 1, 2020, by Apr 30, 2021, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Tomorrow the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will maintain an emergency meeting to vote on whether or not to advocate the shot for 12- to 15-year-olds. The 12 to fifteen age group represents roughly 17 million youngsters within the United States.
Hesitancy might play a job in success of vaccinating teenagers
The FDA’s transfer has pushed schools and pediatricians to think about their potential function in vaccination campaigns, the New York Times reviews. Many fear that oldsters shall be extra hesitant to vaccinate prepubescent or pubescent youngsters.
Today in the course of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions listening to on the federal response to COVID-19, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, stated “I recognize some parents want to see how it goes, but I am encouraging all children to be vaccinated. And I am also encouraging children to ask for the vaccine,” Walensky stated. She additionally stated her 16-year-old son is vaccinated as a result of he wished a traditional social life again.
But lawmakers from either side of the aisle attacked Walensky, and stated the CDC has been too strict and at instances conflicted when it has come to recommendation about youngsters and the pandemic.
Meanwhile, a brand new ballot provides extra perception into vaccine hesitancy amongst adults over the age of 18: Just 11% of American adults who stay unvaccinated say they undoubtedly will get the shot, whereas 34% say they undoubtedly will not, based on the latest poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
The remainder of ballot respondents are break up, with 27% saying they most likely will get vaccinated and 27% who say they most likely will not. Adults beneath 45, rural Americans, and Republicans are the most probably to say they’ll keep away from vaccination.
Of those that say they won’t get vaccinated, 55% say they refuse to take action due to vaccine unintended effects, and almost 75% say they consider the vaccines weren’t correctly examined.
Success in vaccinating older Americans
The CDC COVID Data Tracker reveals 329,843,825 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered within the US, and 261,599,381 doses have been administered, with 115,530,780 Americans absolutely vaccinated.
The US reported 36,231 new COVID-19 instances yesterday, and 399 deaths, based on the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. In whole, the nation has tracked 32,756,428 COVID-19 instances, together with 582,418 deaths.
Those over the age of 65 are most in danger for extreme COVID-19, and new information from the CDC present early efforts to vaccinate this group have been largely profitable within the United States.
The CDC report reveals that, throughout Dec 14, 2020, by Apr 10 of this yr, a complete of 42,736,710 (79.1%) older adults had initiated vaccination, or gotten no less than one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Men have been vaccinated at a better fee than ladies, a distinction not seen in vaccination with influenza and shingles vaccine, the authors stated. Overall, the largest distinction between county-level vaccine charges was linked to socio-economic elements.
“On average, counties with low vaccination initiation rates (<50% of older adults having received at least 1 vaccine dose), compared with those with high rates (≥75%), had higher percentages of older adults without a computer, living in poverty, without Internet access, and living alone,” the CDC wrote.
Other US developments
- Novavax is unlikely to hunt emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine till July on the earliest, the Washington Post reported yesterday. The submitting has been delayed by manufacturing regulatory points.
- President Biden will communicate with six governors as we speak about progressive methods to get extra folks vaccinated, USA Today reports.
- The 5 states with the very best proportion of adults with no less than one vaccine dose are Vermont, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, based on CNN. The 5 states on the backside Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Idaho.