Wapello County Public Health announced on Facebook yesterday that it would have the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children 6 months – four years old on Feb. 21.
It is interesting to see that announced on Feb. 9.
It is interesting because the FDA announced a virtual meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee to take place on Feb. 15.
The purpose of that Feb. 15 meeting is to discuss the request for emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in children 6 months through four years of age.
Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said having a “safe and effective” vaccine for children in the age group is a “priority” for the FDA.
“We’re committed to a timely review of the data,” she said. “Furthermore, children are not small adults. Because they’re still growing and developing, it’s critical that these vaccines are evaluated in well-designed and well-conducted clinical trials.”
Doctor Peter Marks said the meeting will “help ensure that the public has a clear understanding of the data and information the FDA will evaluate as it considers whether to authorize the vaccine.”
The FDA makes it sound as though whatever data it receives will determine whether it authorizes the vaccine. They obviously won’t know until they meet on Feb. 15.
Yet somehow the folks at the Wapello County Public Health Department are comfortable in saying they’ll have the vaccine on Feb. 21.