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Susquehanna Valley pediatrician discusses timeline for COVID-19 vaccine approval for children under 12 – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

With students now back in school and COVID-19 cases still on the rise, many people are wondering if the vaccine will be available to young children anytime soon.The Food and Drug Administration said studies for the Pfizer vaccine in children ages 5 to 12 are ready for review.Dr. Pia Fenimore, a Lancaster County pediatrician, said that means the vaccine could be ready sooner than expected – possibly in mid- to late October.”A lot of people were willing to volunteer their child for these studies, so we were able to get the numbers of children in these studies faster than we thought we would,” she said.Fast or slow, it won’t make a difference for some parents.”It could come out three years from now and I’m still not going to do it for my kids,” Mariah Bowman said.Some parents said they’ll make it a family decision. Anthony Cruz plans to talk it through with his 8-year-old son. “We want to include him in the conversation at the very least and not just mandate ‘yes’ or mandate ‘no,'” he said.”The faster we can get our age 5- to 12-year-olds vaccinated the more protection they have, the more we can get them back to doing the fun things that they love that most certainly include the holidays,” Fenimore said.Fenimore encouraged parents to talk to their kids’ doctors.”We are here to answer your questions. We want you to feel good about this vaccine, and we really want you to consider strongly getting it for your child,” she said.

With students now back in school and COVID-19 cases still on the rise, many people are wondering if the vaccine will be available to young children anytime soon.

The Food and Drug Administration said studies for the Pfizer vaccine in children ages 5 to 12 are ready for review.

Dr. Pia Fenimore, a Lancaster County pediatrician, said that means the vaccine could be ready sooner than expected – possibly in mid- to late October.

“A lot of people were willing to volunteer their child for these studies, so we were able to get the numbers of children in these studies faster than we thought we would,” she said.

Fast or slow, it won’t make a difference for some parents.

“It could come out three years from now and I’m still not going to do it for my kids,” Mariah Bowman said.

Some parents said they’ll make it a family decision. Anthony Cruz plans to talk it through with his 8-year-old son.

“We want to include him in the conversation at the very least and not just mandate ‘yes’ or mandate ‘no,'” he said.

“The faster we can get our age 5- to 12-year-olds vaccinated the more protection they have, the more we can get them back to doing the fun things that they love that most certainly include the holidays,” Fenimore said.

Fenimore encouraged parents to talk to their kids’ doctors.

“We are here to answer your questions. We want you to feel good about this vaccine, and we really want you to consider strongly getting it for your child,” she said.

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