- The FDA originally approved emergency use for the vaccine for adults on Dec. 11, 2020.
- “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,” Woodcock said in a statement. “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.”
The novel coronavirus has created 1.5 million cases of COVID-19 among those 11 to 17 years old, according to the FDA.
The FDA was expected to approve this measure for the last few weeks. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet Wednesday to recommend how the vaccine should be used, according to The Washington Post. Once the CDC signs off, it can be distributed.
A new survey from ParentsTogether found that parents are split on whether or not they’re excited about the vaccine. About 58% said that they would get their children vaccinated, which is less than the 71% who said they would get the vaccine, according to USA Today.
- “We’re certainly seeing both sides of the coin,” she said. “Some parents want to be first in line and want to get their kids protected … on the other side, we have a lot of families who are not hesitant but don’t want to be first.”
- “Adolescents, especially, have suffered tremendously from the COVID pandemic. Even though they’re less likely than adults to be hospitalized or have severe illness, their lives really have been curtailed in many parts of the country,” Talaat said. “A vaccine gives them an extra layer of protection and allows them to go back to being kids.”