North Texas – We are getting closer to the moment when the FDA will officially give the so-awaited authorization approval for the Pfizer vaccines in children aged 5-11 and it looks like that the decision is already a done deal.
Multiple reports indicate that the federal government already ordered serious amount of Pfizer vaccine doses for 5-11 age group. Following that information, health officials across the country are already preparing for the vaccination process as lines of children are expected to hit the vaccination sites in the first days after the official approval of the vaccine.
North Texas health officials are also preparing for the start of the vaccination process in children, expected to start early November. With a FDA approval, Biden administration said that additional 28 million people within the country will become eligible for vaccination.
Vaccine clinics and pharmacies in North Texas spent the last few months urging people to get vaccinated, but the vaccination rate has been dropping since early summer. Now they expect lines again and for Dawn Moshier, a local healthcare provider, it’s a moment that’s been a long time coming.
“I have a 5-year-old. So as a parent, as well as a medical professional, it’s the most important thing,” she said.
“They’re our mass spreaders. They are everywhere,” Moshier said. “They are in close, confined situations. It’s like college kids. So we look at it like that.”
The White House administration, CDC and FDA already announced a guide for state health departments and pediatricians on how they should prepare for the vaccination in the upcoming period. Additionally, health officials encourage parents to only rely on the information given by their children’s doctors regarding the vaccine.
Cook Children’s in Fort Worth tells FOX 4 “Cook Children’s will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to children 5 years old and above at mass vaccination clinics and in select pediatrician offices. We are still working through the logistics but will release information about these vaccination sites after FDA approval is announced.”
“When parents are a little more concerned, I’d advise them to talk with me, sit down with me,” Moshier said. “Like I said, I’m a parent. I have a 5-year-old. I vaccinate. I believe in it. I know this is what’s going to protect our kids.”
In an effort to get as many children vaccinated as possible, the White House is also encouraging schools to set vaccine sites in the schools. According to Moshier, several North Texas schools already confirmed that they are ready to open vaccine sites and more are expected to follow.