FDA Could Authorize Pfizer Vaccine For Kids As Young As 12 By Early Next Week

If the vaccine is approved, it would allow younger kids to get the shot before the next school year.

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RYAN BAKER: So developing vaccine news this morning. Sources say the FDA could authorize the Pfizer COVID shot for kids as young as 12 years old by early next week.

AUDRINO BIGOS: CBS 2's Mugo Odgiwe is live at the United Center with this latest development. Good morning, Mugo.

MUGO ODIGWE: Good morning, Audrina and Ryan. So if this is approved, it would allow younger kids to start getting the shots before the start of the next school year. That means mass vaccination sites like the United Center behind me could start seeing visitors younger than 16.

So right now, only one COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for people younger than 18, and that's the Pfizer shot. 16- and 17-year-olds can now get that shot. But again, the FDA is expected to authorize the vaccine for children as young as 12 as soon as next week.

Health officials on Pfizer's board says that could allow around 5 million kids to get vaccinated immediately, with more getting the shot over the summer before the start of the school year. Meanwhile, the number of people getting vaccinated here in Illinois, well, that keeps going down. The state's Department of Public Health says, close to 17,000 people were vaccinated on Sunday, but that's the lowest number since February 20. And so far, a little over 32% of the population have been fully vaccinated.

So if you're still looking to get a shot, we know the United Center has many appointments available. I looked this morning. And we know they have appointments available through next Monday. That's May 10. And it's now also offering the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Of course, if you want to walk in without making an appointment, you're now allowed to do that as well. So a lot of opportunities to get your shot if you're still trying to get one. We're live on the West Side. Mugo Odigwe, CBS 2 News.