US CDC Says Pfizer’s COVID-19 Shot Causes Mild Side Effects in Young Children

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Pfizer and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine caused mostly mild side effects in children aged 5 to 11 in a data published on Thursday.

According to the report, the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) received 4,249 reports of adverse events between November 3 and December 19, and 97.6% of the cases were not serious.

A separate study by the CDC showed that Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine was 92% effective against coronavirus infections in adolescents aged 12 to 17.

The CDC said the observation period for the analysis coincided with the Delta variant predominance in the United States.

In November, CDC recommended the Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. 

“In clinical trials, vaccine side effects were mild, self-limiting, and similar to those seen in adults and with other vaccines recommended for children. The most common side effect was a sore arm,” CDC said in a statement last month.

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