NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Vaccinating children ages five through 11 against COVID-19 is under review and the rollout is being planned. The White House task force said Tuesday, should FDA and CDC approve the vaccine plan for those kids, they will be ready to get shots in arms. We speak to a Yale Medicine pediatrician about the planned rollout.
They have been working for weeks with governors, pediatricians, pharmacies, community health centers, rural health centers, and other vaccine providers to prepare should the FDA take action.
“We are getting ready we’re very excited. Connecticut should see a shipment of vaccines the first week of November and so our clinics are getting ready for that they’re putting in their pre-orders,” says Dr. Sude.
Unvaccinated children are a large missing part of the puzzle in public health protection.
“The sooner we can get that group vaccinated hopefully the sooner we’ll be able to stop spreading the virus,” says Yale Medicine physician Sharon Stoll.
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The FDA takes up vaccinating children on Oct. 26. The kids’ vaccine rollout is expected to be easier with vaccine storage issues worked out.
Also, boosters could be recommended for everyone age 40 and older. Tuesday, word came down that the FDA is considering opening up the COVID booster vaccine eligibility.
“These individuals can end up in the hospital with significant morbidity and mortality so we have to keep that in mind,” says Dr. Stoll.