Parents, Pediatricians Eager to Approve Baby Vaccine – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Pfizer is asking for permission to use the emergency COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
The drug company announced Tuesday that it has officially submitted preliminary trial data Getting younger children to get vaccinated with the Food and Drug Administration.
For mum Kristen Resendez, the announcement was good news.
Her 6-year-old son Jack suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a life-threatening genetic condition. A simple cold can lead to a hospital stay.
The threat of COVID-19 has restricted their families’ outings and activities over the past year and a half.
It means everything,” said Resendez. “I am so excited. I will do everything in my power to make Jack one of the first to get it [the vaccine] Once approved by the FDA for its age group.”
Resendez said she was determined for Jack to see and do as much as possible. She said the vaccine would give them the freedom to explore again.
“He’s living in a sick emergency, which gives him this opportunity to give him another line of protection – I totally support that,” Resendez said. “That means we can go to Disney World, or Disneyland, or New York City or Chicago and do all his stuff list items.”
Pediatricians are keen to offer the shot to younger children after the recent surge in cases among children.
“The more people we protect, the faster we can get out of this,” said pediatrician Dr. Marcial Oquendo.
Pfizer/BioNTech submitted data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to survey a COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 5-11.
Oquendo said data from Pfizer showed promising results in the vaccine’s effectiveness among children.
He believes an emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for children ages 5 to 11 will be approved in late October.
“The more people we protect, the faster we can get out of this situation,” he said.
The Resendez family is planning a trip to Disney World in January, and they hope that Jack and more adults and children will be protected by then.
“I hope people will really think about putting themselves in the shoes of others,” Resendes said. “If I hadn’t had this life, I might have felt different, but I’m sure we all have a friend who has a family with a disability or a sick person in their family.”
“Maybe one day you will feel the same way I feel today and I want everyone to come together and move on together so we can get back to our normal lives,” Resendes said.