U.S. President Joe Biden is urging all kids aged 12 and older to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine amid news that federal health advisers have now endorsed the use of the vaccine in kids that age.
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Earlier in the week, the Food and Drug Administration cleared the expanded use of Pfizer’s shots, citing evidence the shots worked as well in those 12 to 15 years old as those 16 and older.
But much of the nation was awaiting the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On Wednesday, an independent advisory committee voted to recommend its use.
The CDC was expected to accept its advisers’ recommendation.
“We’re gonna have for the first time a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents over the 12 years age,” Biden said.
“This is one more giant step in our fight against the pandemic,” he added.
Biden said his administration is “ready” for the expanded age group.
“This new population is going to find the vaccine rollout fast and efficient,” Biden said, noting that as of Thursday, more than 15,000 pharmacies will be ready and available to vaccinate all Americans 12 and older.
He said vaccine supply will also be available at the offices of pediatricians and family doctors.