A boy receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the Israeli city of Holon on June 21.

Kids from 5 to 11 could start getting COVID-19 shots by Halloween, Pfizer’s new timeline suggests.
The company expects to submit data to the FDA for this younger age group in early October.
Pfizer is testing a lower dose of its vaccine among young kids to avoid unnecessary side effects.

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Though daily vaccination rates are decreasing again in the US, Pfizer recently offered hopeful news: Its COVID-19 vaccine could get authorized for kids ages 5 to 11 by the end of next month.

Under the best-case scenario, children in this age group might be able to start receiving COVID-19 shots by Halloween, Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner who serves on Pfizer’s board, told CBS News on Monday.

During an investor conference on Tuesday, Pfizer’s Chief Financial Officer, Frank D’Amelio, outlined a similar schedule. Here’s how that timeline could look:

Late September: Pfizer’s clinical trial will show whether the shots are safe and effective for kids ages 5 to 11

Early October: Pfizer will submit that trial data to the FDA

Late October: The FDA could authorize COVID-19 shots for emergency use among kids ages 5 to 11

Early November: Pfizer will submit trial data for kids between 6 months and 5 years old to the FDA

Late November: The FDA could authorize the shots among kids between 6 months and 5 years old

Moderna, meanwhile, expects to have data about its vaccine’s efficacy among young kids later in the fall or early this winter.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday that we might even see the FDA authorize both the Moderna and Pfizer …read more

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