Pfizer Vaccine Could Reportedly Be Approved For Kids Ages 12-to-15 Next Week

WBZ TV's Nick Giovanni reports.

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- Big news for children under 16. A vaccine could be authorized within just a few days. Nick Giovanni is live with the latest on that, Nick.

NICK GIOVANNI: Liam, according to multiple reports the FDA could authorize the Pfizer vaccine for kids aged 12 to 15 by early next week. Pfizer claims phase three trials show their vaccine is 100% effective in adolescents in that age group and that participants experienced side effects similar to young adults who got the shot.

Right now the Pfizer vaccine is the only one authorized for people as young as 16. Once the FDA gives the green light the CDC will still have to revise its recommendation before most providers can begin administering the first doses to adolescents. So here's what Governor Baker said yesterday about how the state plans to go about that process,

GOV CHARLIE BAKER: I think we'll probably pursue the same process that we've pursued with the rest of this, which is, we'll talk to a bunch of the experts and based on the guidance and advice we get from them, make sure we have infrastructure in place that's going to work for that population.

NICK GIOVANNI: Also developing, Pfizer and Moderna have both been conducting studies and trials for kids under 12. Those started back in March. Live in Boston, Nick Giovanni, WBZ this morning.