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Pfizer says Covid-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

the first results from the highly anticipated trial studying the effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 showed promising results

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 3:15 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) - In a highly anticipated announcement, Pfizer announced a phase 2 out of 3 trials showed its covid-19 vaccine was safe and generated a "robust" antibody response in children ages 5 to 11. But one parent says she's against it. 

Liz Andrews says "I'm totally against it totally totally totally she's starting kindergarten this year and I would hate for her to be going through all that".

Children ages 5 to 11 will be given a two-dose regimen that will be administered 21 days apart but will this be an easy decision for parents to make? One lafayette resident says it'll be tough.

Jay Duhamel says "It's tough because the science isn't 100 percent there, we don't really know what the effects are going to be long-term and things like that so I guess we just have to put our trust in the system that there making the right decision".

The trial showed children in the 5 to 11 age group did experience side effects which were comparable to people vaccinated between the ages of 16 and 25 years old such as soreness in the arm, headache, and fever.

One mother says she feels that her child being vaccinated will keep her safer throughout the school year.

Mickey Edmond says "I feel that she's more protected with the vaccination she wears her mask definitely everywhere she goes especially at school she carries about three of them so just in case she drops one she has a couple of other ones to put on so I feel like with the vaccination along with mask and just making sure they wash their hands every once in a while, I feel that it's more safe for the kids that's vaccinated to go to school". 

Despite the strong results, it will be some time before the general public can see an official rollout of vaccines for children ages 5 to 11.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner, and current Pfizer board member has said a vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 could be available by Halloween. 

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