WASHINGTON, The United States has already launched the COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5 to 11, and about 28 million school-age children are receiving the vaccine to prevent the disease.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Pfizer Inc. yesterday. / BioNTech SE for widespread use in this age group after being voted on by an external consultant.
Although about 58 percent of Americans have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, children under the age of 12 should no longer be vaccinated. The delta virus variant results in thousands of children being hospitalized and accounts for 25 percent of all cases in the United States.
The vaccine, which has been proven over 90 percent effective in preventing symptomatic infections in children, offers the potential to reduce quarantine or school closures and more freedom.
“Parents are eagerly awaiting our children’s vaccinations,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Monday.
I fully understand the needs and concerns to ensure our children get the best protection against the virus.
The U.S. government will begin shipping 15 million COVID-19 vaccines to children at distribution centers nationwide this week, and the pediatric program is expected to launch next week, White House officials said.
The White House has announced that once an injection is delivered, not a mass vaccination center, its use will depend on pediatric surgery, children’s hospitals, and pharmacies.
U.S. officials said this week that the federal government has purchased 50 million doses of Pfizer vaccine for installation.
Pfizer for younger children contains a lower dose of 10 micrograms than 30 micrograms for people 12 years of age and older.
The CDC decision allows parents to visit Vacations.gov and find places where children are offered vaccines, said White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 on Friday.
To date, only Pfizer has been approved in the United States for those under 12 years of age. Several other countries, including China, are already vaccinating children.
Moderna Inc. on Sunday announced that it would delay applications for emergency vaccines for children ages 6 to 11, and the FDA would review safety data related to applications for children ages 12 to 17.
Countries with the highest COVID-19 adult vaccination rates are also gearing up for greater efforts to vaccinate children than countries where there are still many doubts, which could widen the coverage gap nationwide, officials and public health experts said.
However, it is still unclear how the parents will react. Many people who have been self-vaccinated are more fragmented in terms of giving the vaccine to their children or not because severe COVID-19 is much rarer.
Although Pfizer / BioNTech has been used by more than 400 million people, there are no long-term data on its use in adults or children.
California, New York, and Washington, led by Democratic governors, are setting up mobile websites and large vaccination clinics for children after promoting vaccinations and wearing headscarves during the outbreak, the public health department said.
California has also instructed school-age children to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as their age group is appropriate. The move is being discussed in New York and Washington.
Republican state governors largely oppose measures such as masks or the need for vaccinations in workplaces, schools, and public places. More than a dozen states, including Florida and Texas, have tried to prevent schools from setting such requirements themselves.
“The best-case scenario is for everyone … doing their best to vaccinate that age group, because it will protect their siblings, older relatives and people who just react badly to this vaccine,” Pamela Zeitlin said. . , President of the Pediatric Division of National Jewish Health, Colorado Hospital.