The majority of New Jersey is ready to get their little ones vaccinated.  I saw some more developments on that and wanted to share.  Rutgers has 100 children ages 5 to 11 enrolled in the Pfizer-BioNTech trial. It's been predicted by experts that the FDA could approve the Pfizer vaccine for kids 5-11 by Halloween and if you noticed how many pop up Halloween stores are around then you know we are not far away from that.

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So it looks like Pfizer will be the first to offer the vaccine to our youngest population. They are the company that is the closest to being approved for our kiddos.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb sits on Pfizer's board of directors and said,

You could potentially have a vaccine available to children aged 5 to 11 by Halloween.  If everything goes well, the Pfizer data package is in order, and FDA ultimately makes a positive determination, I have confidence in Pfizer in terms of the data that they've collected.

Pfizer says that a formal submission to request emergency use authorization is expected to follow in the next week or so.

Pfizer announced that they would be using a lower dose for small children under 12 and it would also be spread out over two shots.  Pfizer said the trial results showed them that 10 micrograms is the "preferred dose" for children 5 to 11 years of age.

Pfizer has already tested up to 4,500 children ages 6 months to 11 years old in the United States, Finland, Poland and Spain with the little kids version of the vaccine.  The trial was split up into three sections, ages 5 to 11 years, ages 2 to 5 years, and ages 6 months to 2 years with great results. To read more check out this article in The Patch.

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