Update as of August 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna vaccine that have been approved for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), were about 95% effective at reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection. These are mRNA vaccines, not live virus vaccines, so there is no danger of getting COVID-19 from them.
These ground-breaking vaccines have the potential to end this pandemic in the coming year. We will be recommending these vaccines to individuals with CdLS when they become available. Both vaccines are currently NOT approved for use in children (studies in children are currently underway).
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for use in 16 years of age and older.
There have been concerns raised about the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and allergic reactions after two reactions occurred in healthcare workers in the UK. Until more information is available in agreement with the CDC we agree that all patients with history of anaphylaxis to other vaccines not get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Individuals with common allergies to medications, foods, inhalants, insects and latex are no more likely than the general public to have an allergic reaction to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The Moderna vaccine will be for use in 18 years of age and older. No allergic reactions have been reported with this vaccine.
There is no known problem with getting the vaccines with a history of any known medical issues (eg seizures, congenital heart disease, etc.). If you are concerned, please discuss with your child’s doctor.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Deirdre Summa at familysupport@CdLSusa.org.