Vaccine for Children 5 and Up is Waiting for Approval

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Courtesy of Hackensack Meridian Health

Scarlett Tran, Sana Yan, and Julianne Tan

Soon children five and older will be able to get vaccinated for COVID 19. Pfizer is working diligently to get government approval for the vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Dr. Bill Gruber, a Pfizer vice president, reassured The Associated Press that the new vaccine for children has been “[proven] safe, with similar or fewer temporary side effects” as the vaccine for young people from 16-25 years of age. Throughout their testing, 95% of the children had successful outcomes. Pfizer is awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

This is a great relief in light of the recent report from CBS News stating that COVID-19 has now killed as many Americans as the Spanish Flu of 1918, that is approximately 675,000 people.

Even after being vaccinated, children will be required to continue wearing masks indoors and outdoors in public spaces in LA County schools. One Garvey student stated, “it’s hard to breathe in masks, especially during PE class when we are more physically active.”

Plastic heavy duty plexi-glass divide students in class (Scarlett Tran)