(RepublicanWIre.org) – Vaccine maker Pfizer said Friday that trials of its vaccine in children ages 2 to 5 show that it did not provide the expected immunity in kids this age. So their response is just adding a third dose to the regimen.The company decided to add the third dose for all children and babies ages 6 months to 5 years after its independent outside advisers took a look at the data so far.It showed that two child-sized doses of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine were not producing the expected immunity in the 2- to 5-year-olds, although they were doing so for the babies up to age 2.So the company said it would “amend” the trial to add a third dose.”The study will now include evaluating a third dose of 3 micrograms at least two months after the second dose of the two-dose series to provide high levels of protection in this young age group,” it said.
Pfizer had taken the dosage size down for children. For the 12 and up age group, the dose is 30 micrograms of vaccine. Pfizer and BioNTech stepped this down to 10 micrograms for kids 5 to 11 and took it even lower, to 3 micrograms a dose, for the youngest children.
Early tests had indicated that this small dose would produce a strong immune response in the children and minimize the risk of side effects.But the interim data — which the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board can see without giving details to the company or investigators — indicates this small dose regimen did not produce the expected immune response in the 2- to 5-year-olds.”No safety concerns were identified and the 3 microgram dose demonstrated a favorable safety profile in children 6 months to under 5 years of age,” Pfizer said in a statement.
Most parents still have concerns about the safety of Covid-19 vaccines for children, survey finds”. Not sure doubling down and just adding more shots is going to make the parents feel any better about getting their kids shots.