COVID-19 vaccine for younger kids could be out in October

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 11:58 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Health officials say the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 - 11 could be out as early as October.

Sunday, former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb predicted the agency would approve emergency use of the vaccine in children. It’s good news for central Kentucky doctors like Jai Gilliam.

With the delta variant pretty active, he says he’s seeing more kids come in with COVID-19 and, since school is back in session, he says the virus has even more opportunities to spread.

“Obviously. if we have more individuals who are not vaccinated, that’s more opportunity for the virus to go through the population and mutate and change,” Dr. Gilliam said.

Dr. Gilliam says the research is showing the vaccines to be safe and effective. But, will parents sign their kids up to get the shots is another question.

Regina McLain is on the fence. She’s afraid of possible side effects. Her daughter has epilepsy.

“My daughter has special needs, and I’m not sure whether we want to get her vaccinated or not. I’m vaccinated. My husband’s vaccinated, but it’s just something we’re not quite sure about yet,” McLain said.

Dr. Gilliam says if you have questions about the Pfizer vaccine for children, consult with your pediatrician.

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