Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is altering plans and testing three doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in babies and preschoolers after two shots didn’t appear strong enough for some of the children
Pfizer is testing three doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in kids under five after research reveals two shots didn’t appear strong enough for some of the children.
Pfizer announced the change after preliminary analysis found the immune response to the very low-dose shots, the company is testing in the children, was not as strong as expected.
The news is disappointing for families anxious to vaccinate their kids
Pfizer had expected data on the efficacy of the vaccines in children under five by the end of the year and it is not clear how long the change will delay the final results.
If the three-dose trial is successful, Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said they plan to apply to regulators for an emergency use authorization sometime during the first half of 2022
New York Gov. Hochul wants to mandate COVID19 vaccines for school kids by the next school year
Gov. Kathy Hochul told MSNBC Friday that she wants to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for school kids by the next school year.
“I believe this is important,” she told host Katy Tur of a potential jab requirement. “And we’ll get it done.”
Hochul said that any such measure would have to pass through the state legislature prior to implementation.
“They do meet in January so our requirement for a vaccine would be in place for next school year,” she said. “It’s absolutely something we’re looking at very seriously.”
California is the only state to have already mandated vaccines for kids to attend school next year.