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Pfizer asks U.S. to allow COVID shots for kids ages 5 to 11

If regulators agree, the vaccines could begin within a matter of weeks.

Posted: Oct 7, 2021 7:51 AM

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Pfizer is asking the U.S. government to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11.

If regulators agree, shots could begin within a matter of weeks.

Pfizer already had announced that a lower dose of its vaccine worked and appeared safe in a study of the youngsters.

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Thursday officially filed its application with the Food and Drug Administration.

FDA's advisers are scheduled to debate the evidence later this month. Until now the vaccine was only available to children as young as 12, and many parents and pediatricians are clamoring for protection for even younger children.

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