FDA Authorizes Pfizer Vaccine for Teens as Young as 12 Years Old

CDC Authorization is Next Step for Use in Young Teens

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded its emergency use authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to include young teens ages 12 to 15.

This is the first Covid-19 vaccine to be authorized for use in younger teens. Previously, the vaccine had been authorized for individuals 16 and older.

The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for use in adults 18 years and older.

"Today's announcement by Pfizer is another step toward community immunity in Corpus Christi. It is encouraging to see vaccine access opening up for younger people," Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo said.

An advisory committee will meet with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday, May 12, to determine whether they will recommend using the Pfizer vaccine for the the 12 to 15 age group. 

If recommended, the expanded authorization by the CDC will go into effect and allow use of the vaccine in young teens.