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Photo: Alexxndr (Shutterstock) The CDC’s advisory panel voted today to recommend Pfizer’s pediatric COVID vaccine for all children ages 5 to 11. That recommendation comes with the endorsement of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, who all read statements at the meeting in support of the vaccine. The vaccine was FDA-authorized last week , and the federal government has already purchased enough vaccine for free doses for all 28 million children in the U.S. in this age group. The CDC is expected to make the recommendation official very soon, and you should be able to make an appointment with your pediatrician or at a local vaccine clinic within days, if not by the time you read this. A member of the American Pharmacists’ Association noted at the meeting that you’ll probably have to make an appointment, rather than expecting to walk in to a pharmacy, and that there might be a wait due to high demand from parents and staffing shortages at pharmacies. How does this vaccine compare to the version for teens and adults? This vaccine, like the version that’s currently in use for adults and for kids ages 12 and older, was shown in trials to be safe, immunogenic (meaning that children’s immune systems responded by making plenty of neutralizing antibodies), and effective at preventing cases of COVID. The side effects are similar to those for adults. The vaccine […]