Children are Expected to Get Vaccine Soon

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s vaccine advisory board is reportedly expected to consider ‘whether Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine should be authorized for younger kids’.

In CNN Health, Jen Christensen writes:

Children’s bodies are still developing and react differently to a vaccine than an adult would, so as with any vaccine for kids, scientist tested different doses to determine what a child’s body can tolerate and what dose level would be protective. For younger children, Pfizer requested authorization for a 10-microgram dose; the doses used in people 12 years and older is 30 micrograms. The vaccine still requires two doses given three weeks apart.

– CNN Health

Referring to risks involved in vaccinating kids, Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told CNN “It’s a really high level of efficacy. This is the kind of stuff we saw early days of Pfizer, before the Delta variant and other variants of concern came into effect, so I thought that was pretty compelling.”

US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy told CNN “Covid has not been benign among children even though they do better than older adults, we’ve had hundreds of children who have lost their lives, thousands who have been hospitalized and whose lives have been disrupted because of Covid-19. We want to protect our kids. We want them to get their lives back.”

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reportedly told during weekend that because many children are vulnerable to the virus in school settings, it’s vital to use preventative measures. “In my mind, the most important thing right now as we work to get our cases down, as we work to get our children vaccinated, is that we continue the masking to keep our kids in school”.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical adviser, told during the weekend that ‘he is optimistic children can get shots in the first two weeks of November’.

You never want to get ahead of the FDA in their regulatory decisions, nor do you want to get ahead of the CDC and their advisers on what the recommended would be. But if you look at the data that’s been made public and announced by the company, the data looked good as to the efficacy and the safety.

– Dr. Anthony Fauci on ABC News (souce: CNN Health)

Dr. Claudia Hoyen, director of Pediatric Infection Control with UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, told CNN “Here in Ohio, I think our pediatric Covid cases have finally plateaued a little bit, but our offices have been so overwhelmed with testing for Covid recently. Hopefully that will quiet down just in time to start giving out the new shots … because clearly we really need them.”

“If all goes well, and we get the regulatory approval and the recommendations from the CDC, it’s entirely possible, if not very likely, that vaccines will be available for children from 5-11, within the first week or two of November,” Dr. Fauci told CNN Health.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of October 28, 9 a.m.) 510,735,525 doses have been distributed and 417,795,537 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of October 26) a total of 6,881,503doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of October 28) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 784,233 (out of 13,567,916 tested) with 8,653deaths.