Pfizer announces new data showing effectiveness of its 3-dose vaccine

SPOKANE, Wash. —  Pediatric cases of COVID-19 are on the rise, and Pfizer says it’s ready to submit its vaccine plan to protect children under five years old. Children five and younger are the only group currently not eligible for vaccine.

Moderna is also working on a vaccine for children younger than five. Vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer could be approved this summer.

Approval of the vaccines would offer protection to 18 million kids.

Nicole Bauder is a mom of a 5-year-old and 3-year-old. She didn’t hesitate to get her oldest vaccinated as soon as it was available to his age group.

Bauder, who also works as an ICU nurse, says she wanted to help the common good of society.

“So I’ve seen some of the worst of what COVID can do to families, specifically the older people, but when it starts to hit home is when it hits the little kids,” Bauder said. “So it worries me if it ever were to get to that point.”

Bauder says she wants to do anything she can to help stop the spread of COVID-19. She plans to get her 3-year-old vaccinated once it becomes available.

“I trust the science and the data behind it, and I think that the time it has taken to offer it to children has been appropriate,” Bauder said.

Gretchen LaSalle is a doctor who specializes in family medicine at MultiCare. She’s also recently completed a fellowship of vaccine science.

Dr. LaSalle says getting those who are younger than five couldn’t come any sooner.

Pfizer’s new data shows its three doses of the vaccine are 80% effective.

“This is going to protect our kids, especially as we head into the fall.” Dr. LaSalle said. “It’ll take awhile to get all three doses in, and so as our little ones are maybe headed to pre-K and kindergarten and then their older siblings can get that booster.”

She says vaccines are safe and effective. Like many who have received the COVID vaccine, your kid might get achy, tired, or have a low grade fever, however Dr. LaSalle says it’s just a sign that the immune system is kicking into gear.

“If you haven’t had your kid vaccinated please go out an do so. Omicron is much more contagious, and of course, we’re going to see more variants come along the way and this is the best way to keep you and your kids safe, and in school–enjoying the summer,” Dr. LaSalle said.

“It’s just another disease that came around and thankfully we have science on our side to find a vaccination and we did and celebrate that and go get vaccinated,” Bauder said.

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