NY’s 12- to 15-year-olds might start getting Pfizer shots by Thursday, Cuomo says

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that state health officials are ready to green-light the Pfizer vaccine for New Yorkers ages 12 to 15 as early as Thursday, following the FDA’s emergency approval of the drug for teens. 

“This is an encouraging step in the ongoing battle against this global pandemic,” the governor said of the approval.

“As we have with the authorization of each COVID-19 vaccine and subsequent changes, we will use science and data to determine the safest path forward for New Yorkers. Tomorrow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory committee, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), will meet publicly to review data and discuss whether to recommend the vaccine for this age group to the CDC director,” he said. 

“Following that review, Dr. Howard Zucker will meet with our Clinical Advisory Task Force and make a final recommendation, which means we could have full authorization for vaccinations to begin for 12- to 15-year-olds here in New York as early as Thursday.”

The Empire State’s coronavirus vaccine task force has met previously to rubber-stamp the federal government’s approval of the shot in the past, following the same practice for the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for eligible age groups.

Cuomo continued: “The COVID-19 vaccine  is our best weapon to defeat the virus, and we’re taking all the appropriate precautions to ensure the safety and effectiveness of our vaccine program.” 

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