CDC releases guidance documents in preparation for COVID-19 vaccine rollout for kids ages 5-11

The CDC has sent out a document to states with guidance on how to set up vaccine programs for children ages 5-11.

Officials plan to meet within the next three weeks to discuss the lower dose versions of the vaccine to help vaccinate the children across the United States.

Pharmacies will have the ability to provide vaccines to children, but the vaccines for them will be specially packaged with the correct dosage just for them.


Local governments will need to figure out for themselves whether children will be required to get the vaccine in order to attend school in person much like all other required vaccines.

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540 children in the United States have died of COVID-19, and while older adults are the more vulnerable population, it will help stop the spread to those individuals.

Pfizer is the closest to finishing their study on vaccines in children with a two dose regimen of vaccine that’s only one third the potency of the adult doses.

The panel that advises the FDA will meet this month, and if the FDA approves it the CDC will then discuss how it will happen in November following their own panel discussion.


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