FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for teens ages 12-15

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(WJW) — Teens 12 to 15 years old can now receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday.

Prior to the announcement, only those 16 and up have been allowed to get vaccinated.

Today, FDA expanded the EUA for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of #COVID19 to include adolescents 12-15 years of age. FDA amended the EUA issued on Dec. 11, 2020 for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older. https://t.co/3ROLW8WXwL pic.twitter.com/d9zwg7BS4q

— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) May 10, 2021

The FDA also tweeted that the vaccine “has met the statutory criteria to amend the EUA, and that the known and potential benefits of this vaccine in individuals 12 years of age and older outweigh the known and potential risks, supporting the vaccine’s use.”

At this time, all vaccines have been approved by the FDA for emergency use.

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