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US gives final clearance to COVID-19 shots for kids 5 to 11

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Posted at 7:34 PM, Nov 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-03 13:43:04-04

ASSOCIATED PRESS — US health officials have given the final OK to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 5.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the go-ahead Tuesday night.

The announcement came only hours after a CDC advisory panel unanimously decided Pfizer's shots should be given to children ages 5 to 11.

Pfizer has already shipped millions of doses to states, doctors' offices and pharmacies. And pediatricians are getting ready to put shots into little arms.

The special kid shots contain just a third of the dose given to teens and adults.

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