CT DPH expects rollout of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for 5 to 11-year-old children to begin next week

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Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s Department of Public Health (DPH) expects the rollout of COVID vaccines for children ages five to 11 to begin next week.

On Tuesday, an FDA advisory panel endorsed child-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, moving the country one step closer to starting vaccinations among children in that age group. The vote will now go to the FDA for authorization and the CDC is expected to sign off next week.

Pfizer tracked more than 2,200 children in its study, which showed the vaccine was nearly 91% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 infection in this age group.

“In the past six weeks, one million children have come down with COVID. So this is a very urgent issue and I think that having a vaccine available for elementary school kids is just a wonderful development,” said Yale Medicine Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu. “We can take solace in the fact that the science is strong, the studies were done carefully and the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh any risk that they pose.”

The department said children and families will have numerous options for where they can receive the vaccine, including pediatrician’s offices, pharmacies, and school-based clinics, among other locations.

Visit ct.gov/covidvaccine to learn more.

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