The Food and Drug Administration said that 12-15 years old can get vaccinated on Monday. It is expected to make millions of more shots available.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was authorized for use in people ages 16 and up in December now it include children ages 12 to 15.
The US administration is ready to move immediately to make about 20,000 pharmacy sites across the country ready to vaccinate those adolescents.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet Wednesday to update its recommendation for who should receive the Pfizer vaccine with the recommendation of the committee the first shots for children kids 12 and up could come within days.
The two Pfizer vaccine doses would be exactly the same as what are given to adults, three weeks apart.
The administration also plans to send vaccines directly to paediatricians’ offices, where parents can discuss their children's shots. The vaccinations will also be available at other sites, such as community centres.
In late March, Pfizer said Phase 3 clinical trial data showed that its Covid-19 vaccine was 100 percent effective in preventing the illness in children 12 to 15 years old.