Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to include children five through 11 years of age.
The vaccine is still being met with skepticism by some, despite the high number of deaths worldwide.
“As a mother and a physician, I know that parents, caregivers, school staff, and children have been waiting for today’s authorization. Vaccinating younger children against COVID-19 will bring us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D.
“Our comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the data pertaining to the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness should help assure parents and guardians that this vaccine meets our high standards.”
Dr. Chris Pernell visited “The Karen Hunter Show,” where she explained why she trusts the science behind the vaccine and that the children in her family have already been vaccinated.
“The science is there. We know that children in that age group have the same… It’s called immuno-bridging. So, the endpoint of the trials around children were different in that we wanted to know if they produced the same antibody levels or antibody response: does it have the same immunogenicity that it does in the older age group?”
“It did, so from that, we can infer from the data that it would have the same level efficacy. The studies, through that data interpretation, said that the efficacy was roughly around [90.7%]. That’s very good in that there were no serious medical events or reverse events and similar side effects that we saw for children in other vaccinations, and actually less side effects than we saw in some of the older age groups of adolescents, not older people, but adolescents. And so, I felt very comfortable. I felt that the science was valid and I felt like it was the right thing to do.”
Watch the entire interview above.