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CDC Backs Use of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid Shot in Adolescents

  • Shots could be deployed to 12-to-15 year olds within days
  • CDC outlines negative effects of Covid-19 on teens, pre-teens
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Biden Says Vaccine Is Safe for Kids Children 12-15
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Children ages 12 to 15 years old can safely take the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, U.S. health officials said, opening an important new phase of the U.S. immunization effort.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 14 to 0, with one recusal, on Wednesday to support the two-dose vaccine’s emergency authorization after it was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration on Monday. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky adopted the recommendation after the vote, according to a statement from the agency.