UK approves Pfizer COVID vaccine for 12-15-year-olds

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(WTNH) — The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine has been approved Friday in the United Kingdom for use on kids 12-15, according to Reuters.

The Pfizer COVID vaccine was approved for kids 12-15 in the U.S. last month and in the European Union just last week.

According to Reuters, the chief executive of the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency June Raine said in a statement that her agency had carefully reviewed the clinical trial data.

“(We) have concluded that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in this age group and that the benefits of this vaccine outweigh any risk,” she said.

The NHS (The UK’s National Health Service) says the following vaccines are approved in the UK:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
  • Moderna vaccine
  • Janssen vaccine (available later this year)

At this time, the NHS says it is offering COVID vaccines to people ages 30 and up, as well as high-risk people and essential workers.

News 8 will update this story as more information as it comes in.

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