CT pediatrician says he'll recommend children get COVID-19 vaccine if approved by FDA
Pfizer is asking the Food and Drug Administration to approve COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11, and local pediatricians say they would recommend it.
Pfizer's trials concluded younger children need only one-third of the dosage adults get, but the vaccine dose still comes in two shots. The pharmaceutical giant says its jabs are proven safe and highly effective in kids ages 5 and over.
Dr. Amit Kamath, at Trumbull Pediatrics, says he'll recommend children get the shot if the FDA grants emergency authorization - especially as children make up a larger percentage of recent active COVID-19 cases.
Kamath says as other respiratory infections make a comeback this year, the flu shot is going to be extra important as well.
Gov. Ned Lamont says allowing children between ages 5 and 11 to be vaccinated will go a long way toward removing the current mandate of masks in public schools.
The vaccine could be approved as soon as early November.