Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that coronavirus vaccines could be made available for 5- to 11-year-olds early next month.
During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the Food and Drug Administration and its advisory committee are set to meet Oct. 26 to consider an application from Pfizer and BioNtech to start the rollout of the children’s vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could make a regulatory decision the week following.
“If all goes well and the CDC gives us the recommendation and regulatory approval, it is possible, if not probable, that vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 will be available within the first week of November,” Dr. Fauci stated.
The vaccines given to children are smaller than those for adults. Last week, federal officials stated that they had worked with Pfizer to ensure that child vaccines were clearly labeled and provided smaller needles and vials.
A Kaiser Family Foundation study published last month showed that nearly one in four parents say they won’t have their children vaccinated. Another 32% stated that they would wait and see.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the data were similar to the ones used by health officials when the vaccines were introduced for adults last December.
” So we’re doing all of that hardwork now, and that hard work will continue for our children, our parents, as well for the 64 millions people who still have not taken the time to do the same,” Dr. Walensky stated.