Statement attributable to:
Gerald E. Harmon, M.D.
American Medical Association President

“Today’s action by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 is a critical step toward protecting this population from COVID-19 infections and ensuring widespread vaccination in the United States. We look forward to the final recommendation of the CDC director on use of the vaccine, which is the final step in a comprehensive, evidence-based, transparent process to ensure vaccines are safe and effective for children in this age group. We urge all parents to get their children vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. While there is overwhelming scientific evidence showing the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, we know many parents and families still have questions. We encourage parents to speak with their child’s physician and review trusted resources, such as, to get the information they need to make an informed decision.

“We are hopeful that millions of children will receive the vaccine in the coming weeks and months—significantly reducing their risk of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and death, and bringing the end of the pandemic closer. The data presented today demonstrates stark COVID-19 disparities among children, with hospitalization rates three times higher for Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latinx children compared with White children. Ensuring equitable access to the pediatric vaccine will be critical, including through school located clinics.

“Physicians are a trusted source of medical information and advice for parents. We know that many physicians have already signed up as COVID-19 vaccine providers, and we urge those who have not yet signed up to reach out to their state or local immunization program to help ensure a smooth and quick rollout of the vaccine to all children.”

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