Biden administration reveals COVID-19 vaccination plan for kids 5 to 11: ‘We’re going to be ready’

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As parents await a decision from federal regulators to authorize the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, the Biden administration says it will start raising doses as soon as it gets the green light. ready for

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At a media briefing on Wednesday, officials unveiled a comprehensive plan to supply enough vaccine for about 28 million children, with estimates that about 15 million doses will become available within the first week.

Shots may be authorized to go to small arms in the first week of November. A Major Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committeehope to recommend it on 26 October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s independent advisory committee is set to weigh in during meetings on November 2-3. The recommendations must be approved by both agency heads.

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“We are going to be ready, pending an FDA and CDC decision that will be based on science. We want to make sure the operations are ready to accommodate children,” said White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Ziant. The best practice here is to plan ahead so that we can hit the ground running.”

The administration is ready to supply more than 25,000 pediatrician’s offices and other primary care sites, more than 100 children’s hospitals and health systems, thousands of pharmacies, and hundreds of schools and community-based clinics. Biden officials say they are working with states and localities to nominate more sites.

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These locations are expected to offer appointments that can be made in advance during convenient hours — such as after school, evenings and on weekends — or accept walk-ins, officials say. Is.

“We know that parents rely on a range of health care providers to meet the needs of their children,” Zints said. “We are working to ensure that parents will be able to get their 5 to 11-year-olds vaccinated with these trusted providers.”

Children’s hospitals are expected to organize vaccination programs in the evenings and weekends in collaboration with community organizations. The administration says it is working with local education leaders and pharmacies to set up on-site clinics to bring vaccines directly to schools.

Federal leaders are also organizing a national campaign to provide parents and guardians with accurate information. This includes providing funding to over 14,000 members of the COVID-19 Community Corps to support grassroots efforts, working closely with trusted community ambassadors, and visiting hard-hit and high-risk communities.

“We will ensure that vaccination for children ages 5 to 11 is easy, convenient and accessible to every family,” Giants said. “Equality and fairness will be at the heart of our pediatric immunization program.”

If authorized in the coming weeks, Pfizer-BioNtech’s vaccine will be the only COVID-19 vaccine given to children aged 5 to 11. So far, the COVID vaccine developed by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson has not received FDA authorization for Americans under the age of 18.

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One-third dose of Pfizer-BioEntech Vaccine for Children will be contained in 10-dose vials in cartons of 10 vials each, and may be stored for up to 10 weeks in standard refrigeration temperatures and up to six months at ultra-cold temperatures. The vaccine will come with the supplies needed to serve the children, including a small needle.

Medical organizations applauded the Biden administration’s advanced plan to ensure that the rollout of pediatric vaccines avoids the delays and supply issues seen during the bumpy rollout of adult vaccines last year.

“Recent polling indicates that parents are eager to vaccinate their children and protect them from COVID-19,” said Dr. Gerald E. Harmon, president of the American Medical Association. “Making this advance groundwork, ensuring that supplies are available at physician practices, and that a patient’s own physician is available to answer questions, is critical to the continued success of this rollout.”

It’s All But The FDA Committee Is Surewould recommendVaccine for children ages 5 to 11 during next week’s meeting.

Pfizer’s study of 2,268 volunteers showed that the vaccine was not only safefor young children, but effective in eliciting the same strong immune response asTeenagers and young adults. But health experts say vaccine developers may not have a true idea of ​​the vaccine’s effectiveness until millions of children get a treatment.

Until then, US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy urged parents to continue to vaccinate and wear masks in public places to children who are not eligible for the shot.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser and the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told reporters that vaccinating millions of children aged 5 to 11 will not only protect them from COVID-19, but will also prevent community transmission and swarm the country. Will take you closer to immunity.

Recent data suggests that children are as likely to be infected with the delta variant as adults, he said, and about 50% of infections in children are asymptomatic.

“If we can get most of those 28 million children vaccinated, it will play a major role in reducing the spread of infection in the community,” Fauci said. “That’s why we want to do as best we can to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11.”

Follow Adriana Rodriguez on Twitter: @AdriannaUSAT.

Health and patient safety coverage at Granthshala is made possible by a grant from the Massimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare. The Massimo Foundation does not provide editorial input.

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