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FDA To OK Pfizer Shot For Children Ages 12-15

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Right now, the shot is only available for those over 16.

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JOHANNAH GRENAWAY: The FDA is reportedly planning to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old. Right now, the shot is only available for those over 16. Pfizer asked the FDA to amend its emergency use authorization early last month. And officials say it could be authorized for younger people as early as this week.

On Sunday, former FDA commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, who is on Pfizer's board of directors, told CBS's Face the Nation, he's hopeful it'll be authorized and said doing so would add to the US's efforts in fighting the virus.

SCOTT GOTTLIEB: There's about 17 million children between the age of 12 and 15. I think we'll pick up about 5 million immediately. I think probably another 5 million, 5 to 7 million, to get vaccinated over the course of the summer before the school year. So that'll be incremental Americans getting vaccinated against COVID.

JOHANNAH GRENAWAY: For Newsy, I'm Johannah Grenaway.