COVID Vaccines for Children 5 to 11 Expected by Early November

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28 million American children are one step closer to being protected from COVID-19.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said on ABC’s "This Week" that children ages 5 to 11 may be eligible for the Pfizer shot by early November -- (kids 12 and up have been eligible for the vaccine since May).

“If all goes well, and we get the regulatory approval and the recommendation from the CDC, it’s entirely possible if not very likely that vaccines will be available for children from 5 to 11 within the first week or two of November,” the nation’s top infectious disease official said. Adding, "If you look at the data that’s been made public, the data looks good.”

Fauci's timetable would mean the 28 million eligible children could be fully vaccinated by the end of the year.

During Pfizer's clinical trial, children who got 2 doses (child doses are one-third the size of the adult doses of the vaccine) developed a robust immune response after both shots, which were given 3 weeks apart. According to Pfizer, the efficacy rate of the vaccine in kids 5 to 11 reduced the risk of developing a symptomatic infection by 91 percent.

The most common vaccine side effects seen in kids during the trial were:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills

The FDA noted the data from Pfizer's trial found there were no cases of myocarditis inflammation of the heart muscle, or pericarditis, which is the inflammation of the outer lining of the heart, which has been seen in rare cases in young boys and men after getting the vaccine. 

The Doctors urge parents to prepare for their child's upcoming vaccination and get a vaccine card protector -- see our top picks.

As always, consult with your child's doctor or healthcare provider about any vaccine questions or concerns. Find out where to get your free COVID-19 vaccine, here or search, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you in the U.S.

More: How Parents Can Best Protect Kids from COVID

More: You Had COVID – Do You Still Need the Vaccine?

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