US gives final clearance to COVID-19 shots for kids 5 to 11

Images of CVS pharmacist administering vaccine to child at CVS on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 in...
Images of CVS pharmacist administering vaccine to child at CVS on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 in Sugarland, Texas. (Brandon Thibodeaux/CVS Health)(Brandon Thibodeux | CVS Health)
Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 11:10 AM EDT
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(AP) -- US health officials have given the final OK to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 5.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the go-ahead Tuesday night.

The announcement came only hours after a CDC advisory panel unanimously decided Pfizer’s shots should be given to children ages 5 to 11. Pfizer has already shipped millions of doses to states, doctors’ offices and pharmacies.

And pediatricians are getting ready to put shots into little arms. The special kid shots contain just a third of the dose given to teens and adults.