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CDC sends out guidelines for vaccinations of kids 5 to 11 years old

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  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out guidance on preparing to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 years old.
  • A panel for the Food and Drug Administration met last week, and will meet again Oct. 26, to discuss granting emergency authorization.
  • If granted, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will become available in lower doses for children ages 5 to 11.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent out guidance last week on preparing to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 years old.

A panel for the Food and Drug Administration met last week, and will meet again Oct. 26, to discuss granting emergency authorization for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in lower doses for children ages 5 to 11. The CDC is allowing states to order doses before the vaccines are authorized.


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All pharmacies in every U.S. state are authorized to give COVID-19 vaccinations to children as long as the doses were created and labeled as for children under 12.

Though children are at a lower risk for severe COVID-19, there have been 6 million children diagnosed with the coronavirus since the pandemic began. More than 750,000 child COVID-19 cases have been reported over the last four weeks, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.


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