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Dr Frank Anthony, Guyana’s Minister of Health. (Image courtesy Government of Guyana)

Guyana can begin vaccinating children between the ages of 5 and 11 from as early as next week, the country’s Department of Public Information has announced.

Guyana’s Minister of Health Dr Frank Anthony has said the children could begin receiving the Pfizer vaccine, once approved by the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

This was revealed as the health minister gave the daily COVID-19 update on Tuesday.

“Starting from next week, we are the examining the possibility of doing the vaccination of the five to 11 age group because we are anticipating that the US FDA would approve the Pfizer vaccine for this age group as well, so we will have another cohort of people that we will have to work on,” Dr Anthony said.

According to CBS news, Pfizer’s request to roll out COVID-19 vaccines for Americans as young as five years old cleared a key regulatory hurdle Tuesday, after a panel of the Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine advisers voted by a majority to back Pfizer’s request.

Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci said vaccines for the five to 11 age group could likely be available in the first half of November, and could see many children getting fully vaccinated before the end of the year.

Guyana is currently administering the vaccine to children 12 to 18 years, along with pregnant and nursing women.