Experts: Vaccine for kids 5-11 could be ready by Halloween

BOSTON — As COVID-19 infections soar in many regions of the nation, parents of school children not yet eligible continue to wonder when a vaccine will be approved for their kids. Two doctors familiar with research and development in vaccine development say late next month the country could have an approved vaccine for kids 5-11.

Dr. James Versalovic, a Pathologist-in-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital helping run children’s clinical trials, told CNN that October is the goal.

“You could potentially have a vaccine available to children 5-11 by Halloween,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb on CBS’ Face the Nation. Gottlieb is a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner who sits on Pfizer’s board.

Gottlieb added that Pfizer could also have all the data it needs on children 2-5 by the end of September.

For parents trying to get their children under 12 vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA has said to be patient and added that the dosage may not be the same.

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