Hartford HealthCare starts jabbing kids aged 5-11 with Pfizer’s COVID vaccine just MINUTES after CDC officially signed off on approval
- CDC unanimously voted 14-0 to recommended shot to 5-11-year-olds on Tuesday
- Hartford Hospital in Connecticut vaccinated six children minutes after approval
- President Biden said they had secured enough doses for every child in America
Hartford Hospital vaccinated six children with a low dose of Pfizer‘s Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday evening and dozens more will get the shot today.
It came just moments after the Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices unanimously voted, 14-0, to recommend the Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid pediatric vaccine dose for five to 11-year-olds.
CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky then signed off on the vote, meaning that approximately 28 million children in the US are now eligible for the shots.
Hartford Hospital in Connecticut vaccinated six children minutes after the CDC officially signed off on approval of the use of the Covid-19 vaccine for for five to 11-year-olds on Tuesday
It was the final step in the process that will allow injections in young children to begin this week in the United States.
Immediately after the approval, a number of parents brought their children to Hartford Hospital to get the vaccine and six were vaccinated after 8pm on Tuesday night.
One young girl who got the shot, Kailyn Cronin, eight, told WFSB that she had been ‘nervous’ about getting the vaccine but was looking forward to the world going back to normal.
‘I felt very nervous but now it’s over. Now we’re vaccinated. That’s a big step into making the world normal again, so we all don’t need to wear masks and for everyone to be safe and healthy,’ she said.
The Pfizer dose for children is only one-third of the original vaccine for adults and is given in two doses, three weeks apart.
The lower dose was chosen to minimize side effects and still produce strong immunity, Pfizer says, and studies showed that it is about 91 per cent effective against Covid.
A ten year old child high fives Pharmacist Colleen Teevan after he received the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine for kids at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut
The Pfizer dose for children is only one-third of the original vaccine for adults and is about 91 per cent effective against Covid. Pictured: Children queue for the shot in Connecticut
President Biden issued a statement calling the decision ‘a turning point’ in the battle against Covid-19 and said they had secured enough vaccines for every child in America.
Children make up less than 0.1 percent of all Covid deaths in the U.S.
Because of this low risk of severe illness, polls have shown that many parents are not inclined to vaccinate their children.
New survey data published on Thursday from the Kaiser Family Foundation found 27 percent of parents with kids aged five to 11 say that their children will get vaccinated as soon as it’s available.
Because of the low risk of severe illness, more than one-third of parents with children in the 5-11 age range are not planning to get their kids vaccinated against Covid, a survey found
Meanwhile, 33 percent say they will ‘wait and see’ how the vaccine is working before deciding whether or not to immunize their kids.
Another five percent of parents say they will only get their children vaccinated if it is required by their schools and 30 percent say they will not get their kids vaccinated at all.
Dr Michael Kurilla (pictured) was the only member to abstain in the FDA’s advisory committee vote of 17-0-1 to recommend approval of COVID-19 vaccines in children ages five to 11
And a member of the FDA advisory panel abstained from a vote on recommending the shot to kids last week because he said there is not enough evidence that all children need the shot.
The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted 17-0-1 that benefits of the vaccine for kids aged five to 11 outweigh the potential risks.
Dr Michael Kurilla, the director of the Division of Clinical Innovation, at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, who was the only member to not vote ‘yes’, told DailyMail.com there were several reasons behind his abstention.
Kurilla says there are children at high-risk of severe Covid due to underlying conditions who would benefit from the shot, but he’s not sure if this applies to all kids in this age group.
Additionally, he said that kids who have been infected with Covid in the past already likely have immunity because of it.
Kurilla added current data does not suggest the vaccine’s protection will last long enough and he is worried that antibodies will wane in children as has been seen in adults.