Lifestyle Health COVID Vaccines Could Be Available for Kids Aged 5 to 11 by Second Week of November, Says Fauci The nation's leading infectious disease expert said the approval could come within the next two to three weeks "if all goes well" on This Week on Sunday By Abigail Adams Abigail Adams Instagram Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 24, 2021 03:58 PM Share Tweet Pin Email COVID vaccines may be available for children ages 5 to 11 "within the first week or two of November," according to Dr. Anthony Fauci. The nation's leading infectious disease expert, 80, said on Sunday's episode of This Week With George Stephanopoulos that "it's entirely possible, if not very likely" that vaccines will be made accessible for the age group within the next two or three weeks. "You never want to get ahead of the FDA and their regulatory decisions, nor do you want to get ahead of the CDC and their advisers on what the recommended would be," Fauci told host George Stephanopoulos, 60. "But if you look at the data that's been made public and announced by the company, the data look good as to the efficacy and the safety." Pfizer Says Its Vaccine Is More Than 90% Effective in Preventing COVID in Kids Aged 5 to 11 Pfizer has reported that its COVID-19 vaccine prevents any symptoms of the virus 90.7% of the time in patients ages 5 to 11. The White House has already committed to making the vaccine available, once approved, at more than 25,000 pediatrician offices and primary care facilities and more than 100 children's hospitals as well as pharmacies and schools. ABC News/Youtube The FDA and its advisory committee will meet on Oct. 26 before handing over their regulatory decision to the CDC, Fauci said, which will likely be around Nov. 2 or 3. "So, if all goes well, and we get the regulatory approval and the recommendation from the CDC, it's entirely possible, if not very likely, that vaccines will be available for children from 5 to 11 within the first week or two of November," he added. Kids getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Getty In August, Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine became the first to be granted full approval by the Food and Drug Administration for those ages 16 and up. The vaccine remains under emergency use approval for kids aged 12 to 15. Ed Sheeran Tests Positive for COVID-19: 'Self-Isolating and Following Government Guidelines' "While this and other vaccines have met the FDA's rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product," said acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock in a statement following the Pfizer vaccine's approval. Getty Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. In September, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) passed a mandate requiring students aged 12 and older to be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person classes. Those on the cusp will be required to get their first dose within 30 days after their 12th birthday. As of Oct. 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 57.4% of the United States' population (190.4 million people) is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 66.3% (220.2 million people) have received at least one dose. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the CDC, WHO and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.