WASHINGTON — The White Home advised governors to start out getting ready to vaccinate kids as younger as 5 by early subsequent month in anticipation of clearance of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for the age group within the coming weeks, a White Home official mentioned.
The Biden administration has bought 65 million pediatric doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, sufficient to vaccinate the estimated 28 million kids who could be eligible ought to the Meals and Drug Administration approve Pfizer’s request to vaccinate kids ages 5 to 11, mentioned an official of the Division of Well being and Human Providers.
Pfizer and BioNTech mentioned this month that they’d submitted an emergency request for authorization for youngsters ages 5 to 11, and an FDA advisory committee plans to fulfill to debate the request Oct. 26. The vaccine doses for the youngest age group would not be interchangeable with these for adults, who’ve totally different dosage and dilution necessities.
In anticipation of the FDA inexperienced gentle, the administration has begun planning for the vaccination effort with states, pharmacies and medical teams. The administration advised suppliers in a planning doc final week that the vaccine for youngsters shall be delivered to hundreds of web sites inside per week of FDA authorization.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has been working to enroll suppliers within the Covid vaccination program, and HHS is planning a messaging and outreach marketing campaign to encourage mother and father to get their kids vaccinated, the HHS official mentioned.
Vaccinations amongst kids 12 and older have lagged these of adults, with simply 55 % of 12- to 15-year-olds having been no less than partly vaccinated, together with 62 % of 16- and 17-year-olds. That compares to greater than 70 % of adults over 40.