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Finn Washburn, 9, receives an injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in San Jose, Calif.

Pfizer asks FDA to authorize booster shots for kids ages 5 through 11

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Children ages 5 through 11 who’ve received two shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine may soon be eligible for a booster. That’s if the Food and Drug Administration agrees to a request made Tuesday by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech to authorize their booster shot for kids in this age range…. Read More

A woman receives a booster shot at a pop-up vaccination clinic in Las Vegas on Dec. 21.

The FDA OKs another Pfizer or Moderna COVID booster for people 50 and up

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — U.S. regulators are allowing people 50 and older to get another booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision aims to offer extra protection to the most vulnerable in case the virus rebounds. The FDA said Tuesday that age group can seek a fourth dose… Read More

A woman receives a booster shot at a pop-up vaccination clinic in Las Vegas on Dec. 21.

The CDC now recommends Pfizer boosters after 5 months, down from 6

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — People who were initially immunized with two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine should receive a booster shot after five months, rather than six, according to a new recommendation from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The move comes after the Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized the… Read More

A nurse practitioner fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

FDA authorizes a Pfizer booster shot for children ages 12 to 15

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Updated January 3, 2022 at 10:41 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of a Pfizer-BioNTech booster in adolescents 12 to 15 years old. The agency on Monday also shortened the time between the completion of primary vaccination of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose… Read More

Ari Blank got a comforting hand squeeze from his mom in May as he was vaccinated against COVID-19 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

FDA authorizes use of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Food and Drug Administration has authorized a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. This lower-dose formulation of the companies’ adult vaccine was found to be safe and 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19. The agency acted Friday after a panel of independent scientists advising the FDA strongly supported… Read More

A healthcare worker prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination clinic at a high school in Los Angeles in August.

Pfizer Officially Asks The FDA To Authorize Its COVID Vaccine For Kids Aged 5-11

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Updated October 7, 2021 at 9:27 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Pfizer and BioNTech are officially asking the Biden administration to authorize the use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Pfizer tweeted on Thursday that the companies had submitted their formal request for Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine to… Read More

A healthcare worker administers a dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a child at a pediatrician's office in Bingham Farms, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Pfizer Submits Favorable Initial Data To The FDA On Kids’ COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Pfizer and BioNTech are another step closer to seeking authorization for young children to receive the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine, submitting data to the Food and Drug Administration that shows a “robust” antibody response and “favorable” safety outcomes in kids ages 5 to 11 who received the two-dose regimen in clinical trials…. Read More

Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH. DeWine toured the facility and watched as three OU students were given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and then spoke to the media about the vaccination efforts and supply in Ohio. "Our way to get back to normal is the vaccine, it's the only way to get back."

Ohio University Switching COVID-19 Vaccine In Response To Safety Concerns

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is switching to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for its student clinics after federal officials recommended a temporary halt in use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for safety reasons. Also, because the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses three weeks apart, students will be allowed to get one of the… Read More

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US Panel Endorses Widespread Use Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. government advisory panel has endorsed Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, in a major step toward an epic vaccination campaign that could finally conquer the outbreak. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow the recommendation issued Thursday by its expert advisers. The group, in a 17-4 vote with one abstention, concluded… Read More