The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for administration to children aged 5-11 years. This move opens the door for millions of children to begin receiving a recommended dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The following statement is attributable to American Nurses Association (ANA) President Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN:
“This action yet again demonstrates that the authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and that the benefits of getting vaccinated outweigh the risks for not only adults, but also children. Immunization in childhood is proven to help build immunity against vaccine-preventable diseases and other life-threatening-illnesses. To the parents and families that are still apprehensive about getting your children vaccinated, I strongly encourage you to connect with your pediatrician, a nurse, or a nurse practitioner. Take time to gather the facts from credible sources and to get the answers to your questions from trusted health care professionals so that you can make an informed decision to keep your family safe and healthy. Enough individuals, including our children, must get vaccinated to reduce further spread of COVID-19 and to prevent severe symptoms, hospitalization, and even death. Mass vaccination is the key to recovering from COVID-19 and this action is another critical milestone in efforts to end this stubborn pandemic.”