Side effects from Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, especially fever, were much less common among kids ages 5-11 than they were among 16-to-25-year-olds, the company told advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is considering a one-third dose of Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 5-11 and will vote later Tuesday.
Pfizer’s Dr. Alejandra Gurtman told ACIP that fever was far less common among younger kids than among older people – with 6.5% of younger children experiencing fever in clinical trials of the vaccine, compared to 17.2% of 16-25-year-olds
“Systemic reaction less common than in 16-to-25-year olds,” Gurtman told the meeting. “Reactogenicity was mostly mild to moderate and short-lived.”
Patricia Stinchfield, a representative of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners to ACIP, who does not vote, said she was encouraged to hear this.
“There are many people who choose to either not get vaccinated or to delay vaccine because they frequently will hear either from clinicians or the media that your common side effects are fever, chills or body aches,” Stinchfield said. “And when you look at the data, that is actually not correct.”