As children head back to school, the federal government is facing growing pressure from physicians and parents to approve COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 12.
The CDC and FDA say they are basing their decision and timeframe for making a determination on science, safety, and research that is still being conducted.
The initial data suggests when children ages 5 to 11 are approved for the Pfizer vaccine, it may be a smaller dose – 10 micrograms instead the 30 micrograms approved for those 12 and older.
Pfizer plans to submit its safety data on vaccine trial volunteers between the ages of 5 to 11 by the end of September. Moderna also plans to submit its data this fall.
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