Malaysia has officially approved two Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine formulations for children!
Here is what you need to know!
Malaysia Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Children!
On 29 October 2021, the US FDA officially authorised the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in 5-11 year-old children.
On 6 January 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the Drug Control Authority (DCA) has agreed to conditionally approve these two Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine formulations for children :
- COMIRNATY 10mcg Concentrate for Dispersion for Injection
This is COMIRNATY vaccine for children 5 to 11 years in age. This formulation has a lower dosage, compared to the COMIRNATY vaccine given to individuals 12 years and older.
- COMIRNATY (Tris/Sucrose) 30mcg Solution for Injection
This is the COMIRNATY vaccine with a new formulation that does not require dilution before administration, and has a longer lifespan of 10 weeks (compared to the current formulation at 1 month), when storage at between 2 ºC and 8 ºC after defrosting.
This formulation is for the COVID-19 immunisation of individuals who are 12 years and older.
Note : Tris / Tromethamine is used in both new formulations, for longer storage at normal fridge temperatures. The second formulation is used for adults, as well as children 12 years and older.
Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids In Malaysia : Should You Take It?
The Pfizer paediatric vaccine for 5-11 year old children uses a much lower dose of the vaccine – just 10 micrograms – ⅓ of the dose used for adults and adolescents, but continues to use the same 21-day dose interval.
It was shown in a Pfizer study involving over 2,200 children, to be both very safe and 90.7% efficacious in preventing COVID-19 infections.
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