Guam preparing for vaccination of 12 to 15-year-olds as Pfizer on verge of authorization

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. (PNC file photo)

Dr. Hoa Nguyen, the chairman of the Governor’s Physicians Advisory Group, said they are preparing for the vaccination of 12 to 15-year-olds as Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine may soon be approved for this age group.

“The Pfizer vaccine may be approved down to 12 years old pretty soon. Maybe sometime in May or early June, we will be vaccinating 12 years old and older,” Dr. Nguyen said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.

He added: “And you know, that’s a huge population.”

According to ABC News, Pfizer said its COVID-19 vaccine may be approved for emergency use by the FDA next week.

In Pfizer’s study of 2,300 12 to 15-year-olds, none of the vaccinated got seriously sick, compared to 18 in the placebo group.

Pfizer now says it is going to ask the FDA for authorization to give the vaccine to those aged 2 to 11. It is also still studying the effectiveness and safety in those 6 months old.

Side effects for young teens mirrored those experienced by people aged 16 to 25, ABC News reported.