According to CDC calculations, 22 million minors will be infected with Covid-19 between the ages of 5 and 17.
Scientific Committee Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, English) This Wednesday voted in favor of recommending a vaccine against covid-19 Pfizer Suitable for minors between 12 and 15 years old.
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) Green light After a meeting of more than four hours, he obtained the recommendation with 14 votes in favor and 1 abstention. In the meeting, he reviewed the vaccine data for this age group.
After the vote, Grace Lee, a CDC physician, recalled that sometimes “ Children and adolescents In the pandemic, because people pay more attention to the elderly”.
The vote of the CDC committee is in the Food and Drug Administration (U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationOn Monday, Pfizer granted emergency use of vaccines to teenagers between the ages of 12 and 15.
Now, it is expected that the ACIP recommendation will be signed by the head of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, so that these minors can be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine dose at any authorized location and will be paid by health insurance.
At this Wednesday’s meeting, Sara Oliver, another doctor from the CDC, explained that in recent months, the percentage of covid-19 cases among children and adolescents has exceeded the percentage of Americans over 65 years of age.
He explained that 9% of all cases registered between March 1 and April 30 were children between the ages of 0 and 11. This ratio is 8% (65 years old). .
Among adults between the ages of 18 and 49, infections accounted for 56% of all cases, and among adults between the ages of 50 and 64, they accounted for 18%.
According to CDC calculations, during the study period, 22 million minors will be infected with covid-19 between the ages of 5 and 17, accounting for 19% of all infections.