North Texas – What many have been waiting for was finally confirmed on Tuesday when the CDC gave their final approval of the Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11.
CDC’s decision comes after the FDA approval of the Covid-19 vaccine for children and now nearly 28 million children are instantly becoming eligible for vaccination.
According to the health experts, this is the first time this group of people to be offered strong and powerful protection against the virus.
As we already reported multiple times, Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 will only have a third of the adult’s Covid-19 vaccine.
Shots into little arms could begin this week, as Pfizer already is packing and shipping the first orders, millions of doses, to states and pharmacies to be ready.
Cook Children’s already received their initial supply of the vaccine on Tuesday and ready to start immediately with the vaccination process right after the CDC approval.
Dallas and Tarrant County health departments both say vaccinations will begin Wednesday. Both departments say it’ll be ready to roll with 3,000 doses for a small group.
“And most locations should be ready by the weekend,” said Tarrant County Health Director Vinney Taneja.
The initial batch of the Covid-19 vaccine for children is expected to go directly to pharmacies and doctor’s offices. However, in the upcoming period vaccines clinics at schools are expected to be opened in an effort to make the whole vaccination process easier for both parents and children.
“Beyond the clinical impact of COVID among children, there have been detrimental social and mental health impacts that we are just beginning to fully understand,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
Pfizer’s kid shots contain a third of the vaccine dose that’s already been used to vaccinate millions of people 12 and older. The 5- to 11-year-olds will receive two shots, three weeks apart, the same schedule as everyone else — but a smaller amount in each shot, using a smaller needle.