Simply two days after the Meals and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in youngsters ages 12 and up, mother and father of adolescents received extra excellent news: It may be given on the identical time (or near the identical time) as every other vaccines they might be attributable to obtain.
Though the vaccine was technically approved on Monday, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which is the CDC’s vaccine advisory panel, met right now to formalize the advice and embody any extra issues. That committee mentioned the COVID-19 vaccine may be administered together with every other vaccine with out regard to timing. That successfully means adolescents (and adults, for that matter) can get their COVID shot similtaneously every other vaccine that’s wanted.
Till now, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention had really useful not getting every other vaccines a minimum of two weeks earlier than or after a COVID-19 shot. As a result of the Pfizer vaccine is run in two doses about three weeks aside, that may have meant a seven- or eight-week window by which children wouldn’t be capable of get every other vaccinations, making the timing particularly difficult for teenagers who wanted sure vaccines for summer time camps or faculty within the fall.
However this new advice adjustments that, and it’s one the American Academy of Pediatrics additionally backs up:
The AAP helps giving different childhood and adolescent immunizations similtaneously COVID-19 vaccines, significantly for kids and teenagers who’re behind on their immunizations. Between the substantial information collected on the protection of COVID-19 vaccines, and the in depth expertise with non-COVID-19 vaccines which reveals the immune response and negative effects are usually related when vaccines are given collectively as when they’re administered alone, the advantages of co-administration and well timed atone for vaccinations outweigh any theoretical threat. AAP recommends that youngsters and adolescents atone for all vaccinations that will have been delayed through the pandemic.
In different phrases, the unique advice to house them aside was made out an abundance of warning—not due to any recognized security threat.
This text initially revealed on Might 5, 2021. It was up to date on Might 12, 2021 to mirror up to date suggestions.