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Pfizer’s emergency use for children aged 5 to 11 has been approved by the FDA.

The government has approved an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19) to be used among children aged five to eleven years, according to FDA Director-General Eric Domingo.

The EUA “is being awarded today,” Domingo said in a televised public briefing.

“It is reasonable to expect that the vaccine may be effective in preventing Covid-19, and the benefits of vaccination outweigh the known and potential hazards,” he stated.

According to clinical research, the vaccine has a high efficacy rate of over 90% and relatively mild adverse effects with no uncommon or significant safety signals.

Depending on the nation of origin, the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine comes in two separate brands: Tozinameran and Comirnaty.

When compared to the adult dose, the jab for younger children contains a lesser dose.

“Iyong vaccination concentration po ay mas mababa din po, kaysa doon sa ginagamit sa adults ngayon.” So, iyon pong bakuna na ginagamit sa mga adults at saka sa 12 to 17, 12 pataas, ay hindi po iyon ang gagamitin sa mga bata Adults and 12- to 17-year-olds will receive the same vaccine as younger children),” Domingo said.

The FDA informed the Department of Health and the National Task Force Against Covid-19 to obtain separate Pfizer jabs for children aged five to eleven years because the Pfizer doses in the country are for adults, he said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) emphasized that the immunization of children aged five to eleven years against Covid-19 has not yet begun.

“While the FDA has already issued EUA for Pfizer vaccinations for this age range,” the DOH noted in a message to reporters Thursday afternoon, “the government will still need to obtain Pfizer vaccines with lower concentration and dose suitable for five to 11 years old.”

Vergeire went on to say that the Department of Health must first issue recommendations for administering Covid-19 vaccines to children in this age group.

According to the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC), there are approximately 13.5 million children aged five to eleven years old, based on estimated statistics from November.

“Once available,” the DOH noted, “the NVOC will release updated estimated statistics based on 2022 Philippine Statistics Authority Population Projections.”

Inoculations for children aged 12 to 17 years old began in late October, with booster doses for fully immunized adults beginning in the first week of December.

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