Washington, DC – After the FDA granted emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for kids ages 5-11, Made to Save’s Senior Advisor, Dr. Alice Chen, mother of a 5- and 3-year-old, issued the following statement:
“The rigorous testing and review behind the FDA decision affirms the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective for 28 million young children.
It will help parents and caregivers like me protect our children from COVID-19 and the harm it’s had on families. Getting children vaccinated means keeping them, and the people they love, healthy and out of the hospital. Vaccination can help children stay in school safely and get the education they deserve. It also means that parents who dropped out of the workforce to keep their children home and safe can return to work.
Parents and caregivers across Black, Latino, Indigenous, Asian American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities have questions about the vaccine. We and our coalition of community-based partners are working hard to ensure that they get answers from trusted, culturally competent sources so they can feel confident that getting vaccinated is the right choice for their families.”
Dr. Chen is an adjunct assistant clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and former Executive Director of Doctors for America, which mobilizes doctors & medical students around the most important issues facing the health of our nation.
To date, Made to Save has trained over 5,000 people on how to be a vaccine ambassador, granted funding and technical assistance to over 100+ community-based organizations, and worked with 600+ organizations to host vaccine events, share resources, and drive millions of conversations.
Following today’s EUA from the FDA, the CDC will hear from its advisory committee and likely make recommendations for use of the vaccines (learn more here), at which point Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 can be distributed widely for use to pediatricians, primary care offices, local health departments, pharmacies, and hospitals.
ABOUT MADE TO SAVE:
Made to Save is a national public education campaign rooted in grassroots organizing. Our goal is to build trust in the COVID-19 vaccines and increase access in communities who have been hit the hardest by this pandemic. Learn more here. Made to Save is an initiative of Civic Nation, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization.
ABOUT CIVIC NATION:
Civic Nation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit home for changemakers who inspire, educate, and activate people around the issues that will define this generation. Civic Nation empowers and educates individuals, companies, institutions and organizations to drive culture, systems, and policy change, working towards a more inclusive and equitable America. Seven initiatives are a part of the Civic Nation family: When We All Vote, United State of Women, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, End Rape On Campus, It’s On Us, Made to Save and We The Action. Learn more here.