The CDC officially recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 years

Rochelle Walensky, MD endorsed the recommendation from the members of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to administer Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 years.

Rochelle Walensky, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) vote to administer the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 5 to 11 years.

There are some 28 million children in the United States who fall into this age group who can potentially receive this vaccine at pharmacies and pediatrician's offices as early as this week.

Paul Offit, MD, Director of the Vaccine Education Center and attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a former member of the ACIP committee said, "This is a great day for children. Now parents finally have a potent weapon to prevent their young children from having to suffer this terrible disease."