Younger kids started receiving COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday in what was a second of pleasure not just for their mother and father however the children themselves.
The Western States Scientific Security Evaluate Workgroup, a gaggle of immunization and public well being scientists from California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is secure and efficient for youngsters aged 5 to 11 on Wednesday.
The workgroup’s resolution reinforces the FDA’s authorization of the vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, and formally allowed California to begin vaccinating younger kids.
“This expanded eligibility for lifesaving vaccines strikes us nearer to ending the pandemic, which has taken a heavy toll on the well-being of our youngsters,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned in an announcement.
At a day information convention, President Joe Biden mentioned 20,000 websites nationwide can be out there by subsequent week to manage the kids’s vaccine, and he identified that minors make up one-fourth of the COVID-19 instances within the nation.
The president not solely urged mother and father of school-age kids to have them vaccinated, but in addition pushed for these 65 and older who’re eligible to get booster photographs.
“Vaccines for youngsters ages 5 to 11 and boosters (to) present extra safety for seniors and others are two main steps ahead that are going to speed up our path out of this pandemic,” Biden mentioned.
In Michigan, some kids had been vaccinated on the heels of a choice Tuesday evening by federal regulators to permit children ages 5-11 to get the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. The choice was applauded by consultants within the state.
“The choice to authorize this Pfizer vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds is another excuse for hope,” mentioned Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Michigan’s chief medical government, including: “the choice will assist transfer us ahead towards safer school rooms, household gatherings, participation in sports activities celebrations and all types of different milestones.”
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The nation’s largest pharmacies, Walgreens and CVS, are already accepting online appointments for youngsters 5 to 11 to get the COVID-19 vaccine following the CDC’s sign-off Tuesday evening of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the age group.
Walgreens will start administering the pediatric doses at 1000’s of shops nationwide beginning Saturday. The primary vaccine shipments are scheduled to reach at some Walgreens places this week, the corporate mentioned Wednesday.
CVS will start administering the vaccine this weekend, spokesperson Joe Goode informed USA TODAY. The vaccine will even be out there on the workplaces of pediatricians and first care docs, kids’s hospitals and clinics at faculties.
Vaccines.gov – the one-stop store federal authorities web site – is anticipated to quickly listing the closest out there vaccine appointments for kids.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is simply as vital to guard kids as different routine immunizations are, and the expanded eligibility will assist kids keep in class safely and forestall extreme sickness as a consequence of COVID-19,” Kevin Ban, Walgreens’ chief medical officer, mentioned in an announcement.
The Biden administration’s distribution program will likely be “operating at full energy” the week of Nov. 8, presidential adviser Jeff Zients mentioned Monday, because it has already ordered sufficient vaccine to cowl all 28 million American kids within the age group.
As they enthusiastically welcomed the coronavirus vaccine for youngsters ages 5-11, members of the White Home COVID-19 response staff made a degree Wednesday to inform mother and father concerning the significance of the photographs, in addition to their security and efficacy.
Most notably, the consultants sought to warn mother and father about what Surgeon Normal Vivek Murthy referred to as “the wave of misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines that’s coming their manner.’’
Murthy mentioned the federal government is attempting to counter these bogus claims with outreach efforts involving trusted sources akin to docs, lecturers and religion leaders, in addition to organizations well-known to folks, together with the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“Many mother and father are already seeing inaccurate claims on social media, textual content threads and of their in-boxes,’’ Murthy mentioned. “Misinformation robs them of (the power to make knowledgeable selections). That’s why I’m asking mother and father to please search solutions from credible sources, like their physician, their native hospital, their native well being division or the CDC.’’
Fellow staff members Drs. Rochelle Walensky and Anthony Fauci underscored that, whereas older adults are extra weak to COVID-19, the virus has contaminated practically 2 million kids ages 5-11, sending 8,300 of them to a hospital. One-third of these children required remedy in an ICU.
Now there’s a software to forestall a lot of these sicknesses.
“Pediatric vaccination has the facility to assist us obtain wholesome, secure and inclusive environments for our youngsters,’’ Walensky mentioned.
— Jorge L. Ortiz
Contributing: The Related Press