Pediatricians and other experts answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Pediatrician Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH explains a lower dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine has been authorized for kids 5-11.
The vaccine that kids are getting age 5-11 is one-third the dose of the vaccine that’s being given to adults. The exact dose that’s given to kids is actually a dose that’s rigorously tested to make sure that it’s safe for that age group. And that it works that it actually protects kids from getting COVID infection or complications.
So, the vaccine that’s authorized currently for kids is the Pfizer vaccine. Some people have asked, “Why Pfizer and not Johnson and Johnson or Moderna, the two other vaccines that are currently authorized and available for other age groups right now in the U S.?” And the reason is because the Pfizer clinical trials started earlier and resulted earlier. And, so, they had data that they were safe and effective before the other COVID vaccines. And that’s why kids can get that now.