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Oct. 7, 2021 — A game-changer for young people

This morning, word came that Pfizer made a formal request to the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its Coronavirus vaccine for children age 5-11. It’s estimated that up to 28 million children in the United States would be eligible for the shots if the FDA panel green-lights the vaccine.

For most of the duration of the global pandemic, the target demographic for people getting vaccines have been persons over the age of 18, fully grown adults and the elderly. But in the last few months, as the vaccinated population has risen, the demographics have skewed towards younger groups.

As in-person schooling has become the norm in many American school districts this fall, there has been a greater effort in getting vaccines in students under the age of 18, especially student-athletes. Indeed, there are several large and prominent school district across the U.S. are mandating vaccination for people wanting to play winter sports, almost all of which are played indoors.

The Pfizer vaccine for the 5-11 age group will almost certainly prompt more districts to mandate vaccines for high-school aged student-athletes.

The way I see it, anything to make the atmosphere safer for everyone involved is a good thing.