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US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up

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(KWWL/AP) Federal health advisers have endorsed use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in kids as young as 12.

Earlier in the week, the Food and Drug Administration cleared the expanded use of Pfizer's shots, citing evidence the shots worked as well in those 12 to 15 years old as those 16 and older.

Kids in some places are already rolling up their sleeves. But much of the nation was waiting for Wednesday's recommendations from advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many states will be shipping doses to pediatricians and even to schools.

UnityPoint Health provided a statement to KWWL, saying they will begin vaccinating those 12 and older after Wednesday's approval.

Pfizer received FDA Emergency Use Authorization on Monday, May 10 to administer its COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 12-15 years old. While this is an exciting step forward, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices still needs to give their approval on Wednesday, May 12. Once fully approved, UnityPoint Health will be prepared to start vaccinating individuals 12 years and older.

UnityPoint Health

Linn County Public Health has asked parents and guardians of adolescents age 12 to 15 to wait to schedule appointments for this age group until the written clinical guidance is available to vaccine providers, which may take several days. The health department says they will make an announcement once those aged 12 to 15 can begin receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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