The White House announced Wednesday that children ages 5 to 11 will soon be able to receive the COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician’s office, local pharmacy, and potentially their school. The house revealed this as they detailed their plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for elementary school children in the upcoming weeks.
Federal regulators plan to meet over the next two weeks to weigh the safety and effectiveness of giving low-dose shots to the roughly 28 million children in that age group. According to AP News, the plan will have millions of doses going out to providers across the country within hours of the formal approval, which is expected to happen after the Food and Drug Administration signs off and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel meets on Nov. 2nd-3rd. Being sent along with those doses will be the smaller needles needed for injecting young children. Within days of the approval, the vaccine will be ready to go into the arms of elementary students on a wide scale.
“We’re completing the operational planning to ensure vaccinations for kids ages 5 to 11 are available, easy and convenient,” White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said. It all depends on the decision from the FDA and CDC panel. Since the Pfizer vaccine takes two doses with three weeks in between and an extra two weeks for the complete protection to kick in, the first children to be vaccinated should be fully protected by Christmas.