PHILADELPHIA—Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their COVID-19 vaccine looks to be safe and effective in children aged 5 to 11 years of age. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has issued the following statement in response.
“Any news about getting our children vaccinated against COVID-19 is potentially great news,” said Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole. “We are eagerly awaiting guidance from the FDA and CDC on how and when we can begin vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 years old. Until we get that guidance, these children are not eligible to be vaccinated. In the meantime, the best way to protect unvaccinated children is to make sure that everyone around them aged 12 and older is fully vaccinated. Visit www.phila.gov/vaccine to find the nearest location you can get vaccinated today.”