Almost There: FDA Approves COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids, There’s One More Step.November 1, 2021 7:10 pm
After nearly two years living with COVID-19 and attending virtual school and school in masks, families are one step closer to being able to return to some level of normalcy. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old. This could be a very large step towards being able to move past the virus and back to some normalcy.
The final step, which should be taken the week of November 1st is for a panel at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to make it’s final recommendations on who will be eligible for the vaccine. If the recommendation is what most experts expect, kids could start to get vaccinated as early as the second week of November.
If you are planning on having your child vaccinated (which we highly recommend) it may be best to make an appointment at a local pharmacy. While pediatricians will be able to administer the vaccine, they may not get it as soon as a large pharmacy chain.
For those families that wish to celebrate the holidays with some normalcy this year, time is of the essence. The Pfizer vaccine for kids is still given in two doses and will need to be given weeks apart. That means if a child gets the vaccine in the second week of November it will be close to mid-December before they are considered fully vaccinated.
Nonetheless this is good news for all of us as children are a large block of the population that has yet to be vaccinated fully.