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Vaccinations for Children as Young as 12 Could Start Thursday

U.S. children as young as 12 could start receiving coronavirus vaccinations by Thursday now that the Food and Drug Administration has given authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, health officials said.

Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said immunizations in the age group can likely start after an advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the expansion Wednesday, Reuters reported.

The vaccine would be the first allowed for children 12 to 15 in the U.S.

President Biden called it “a promising development in our fight against the virus.”

“If you are a parent who wants to protect your child or a teenager who is interested in getting vaccinated, today’s decision is a step closer to that goal,” Biden said Monday, Reuters reported.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been authorized by the FDA for emergency use in people as young as 16 in the U.S., and the company started the process for full approval for people 16 and older last week.

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