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Pediatricians prepare to vaccinate 5 to 11-year-olds ahead of final approval

The state already has 287,700 pre-ordered doses of the vaccine ready for children when authorization is granted.
Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 11:30 PM EDT
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GRAND BLANC, Mich. (WJRT) - The U.S could be just days away from a final authorization to get kids ages 5 to 11 a COVID-19 vaccine.

Doctors say that it’s one step close to reaching herd immunity.

“We are so excited to inform the families about the vaccine and the safety and the benefit to have it for their own children,” said Dr. Fawaz Haddad, the main doctor at Grand Blanc Pediatrics.

Local doctors say it’s been a long time coming to see FDA approval of the vaccine for younger kids and doctor offices are not hesitating in preparing for vaccine rollout.

Haddad said the refrigerators in his office are ready to go whenever those Pfizer doses come in and he is making sure every family who wants a vaccine will be able to get one.

“During the well check up, we always advise and we tell them about the vaccine and they won’t take any extra time from the patients or office time,” Haddad said. “The other thing is we can set up appointments in lighter times like lunch time or early in the morning or late in the day.”

But even with the go ahead, Haddad expects to receive questions from parents.

“You have to look at the right resources,” he said. “I advocate for you to call your pediatrician, your internal medicine adult, and of course we’re always available for you to ask any questions to ease any tension about it.”

If parents want to wait, there is no issue in doing so.

“Think about it, come back in a month or so but keep it in your mind. It’s safe and it’s working and it’s protecting your children and others in the community,” Haddad said.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a directive to her administration Tuesday, calling for state agencies to expedite COVID-19 vaccine doses for young children.

Whitmer wants the state to be ready when the FDA grants authorization to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 years old. She directed state agencies to begin ordering and distributing doses of the vaccine right away.

The state already has 287,700 pre-ordered doses of the vaccine ready for children when authorization is granted.

The CDC’s official authorization for the Pfizer vaccine in young children could come by Nov. 2.

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