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Live 5 News hosts town hall on COVID-19 vaccines for children

Published: Nov. 1, 2021 at 1:28 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 1, 2021 at 5:16 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - Live 5 News hosted a town hall event online Monday featuring Lowcountry physicians who answered questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for children.

Pfizer’s vaccine has been authorized by U.S. regulators for younger children, and millions of teens have already safely received the shot.

It is currently the only one available for children in the country. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the kid-size doses Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to meet Tuesday and it director is expected to recommend who should get them.

Those ages 5 to 11 will get just a third of the dose given to teens and adults.

A study found the smaller-dose Pfizer shots were 91% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 among 5- to 11-year-olds, who had similar or fewer annoying reactions such as sore arms or achiness.

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