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CDC advisory panel recommends use of Pfizer vaccine for Kids 12 to 15, Clearing Hurdle for Millions of More Shots

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Vaccinating this age group is seen as a key way for middle and high schools to reopen fully by this fall.

Posted: May 12, 2021 2:40 PM

NBC News - An advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Wednesday to recommend Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for use in kids ages 12 to 15. The vote was 14-0, with one abstention.

The vote comes two days after the Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization for Pfizer's vaccine to include this age group, and is considered one of the final steps needed before shots start going into arms.

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Indeed, it is expected that CDC's director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, will accept the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, recommendation quickly — clearing the way for the shots' use in the 17 million young people in this age group.

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