The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded their approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11.
The approval is for an age-appropriate dose, which is 1/3 of the dose designated for those 12 years and older.
Although children are at a lower risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19, they can still become very sick, have short- and long-term health complications, and spread the infection to others.
At Carilion Clinic, we've seen firsthand just how important these vaccines are in keeping our communities safe, and our experts encourage everyone who is eligible to become fully vaccinated—and remain so by getting booster shots as recommended.
Want to know how mRNA vaccines like the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines work? Check out this video from the American Academy of Pediatrics.