How soon will kids be able to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and when will they have full immunity?
White Home Covid-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients outlined the administration’s plans to deploy Covid-19 vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11, contingent on approval by the Meals and Drug Administration and Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, together with various operations geared particularly in direction of vaccinating youngsters.
“We count on the FDA and CDC’s determination on Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for kids ages 5-11 within the subsequent couple of weeks. We all know tens of millions of fogeys have been ready for Covid-19 vaccine for teenagers on this age group, and will the FDA and CDC authorize the vaccine, we shall be able to get photographs in arms,” Zients instructed reporters throughout Wednesday’s Covid briefing.
“Collectively we’re finishing the operational planning to make sure vaccinations for teenagers ages 5 by way of 11 can be found, straightforward, and handy,” Zients mentioned, boasting the administration has been working carefully “with governors, pediatricians, pharmacies, group well being facilities, rural well being facilities and different vaccine suppliers to arrange for this second.”
On vaccine provide, Zients mentioned the administration has already “secured vaccine provide to vaccinate each youngster ages 5 by way of 11, and as quickly because the vaccine is allowed by the FDA, we are going to start delivery tens of millions of doses nationwide.” The administration has already partnered with vaccine producer Pfizer to switch vaccine packaging “to switch the packaging of the pediatric doses to make it simpler for pediatricians, household medical doctors, and different suppliers to offer vaccines to youngsters.”
“These vaccine doses shall be shipped with all of the provides wanted to vaccinate youngsters, together with smaller needles,” Zients added.
To really get photographs in arms, Zients has “already enrolled greater than 25,000, pediatricians, and medical doctors and different main care suppliers to manage vaccines, and we’re working with states and localities to enroll extra,” whereas establishing vaccination websites in class districts and youngsters’s hospitals, “together with on nights and weekends,” to make sure vaccinating youngsters “is much more handy.”