According to an article in Today Parents, the White House told state governors that as early as next month, Covid vaccines for children 5-11 will be widely available and to be ready.

The Biden administration has bought 65 million pediatric doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, anticipating that's enough to vaccinate an estimated 28 million children who'd be eligible when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the vaccine for use in children between 5-11.

According to Pfizer/BioNTech, a request for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) was submitted for that age group and an FDA advisory panel is planning to meet and discuss the request on October 26, 2021. The dosage requirements, as well as dilution requirements, would differ for children than for adults, and the vaccines wouldn't be interchangeable between adults and children.

Recently, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization said there was not enough benefit for health children between the ages of 12-15 to receive the vaccine, though many countries in Europe offered it to prevent further lockdown and school interruptions. Meanwhile, school districts in some states in the U.S. are mandating the vaccination for children in approved age groups, and parents are concerned about risks.

With the announcement that the approval is likely just weeks away, the Biden administration has suggested to providers and pharmacies that the vaccine is coming and they should be ready within a week of the FDA approval.

The Department for Human Health Services (HHS) is planning a campaign, in conjunction with the CDC, to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated.

Many parents are questioning not only the vaccination recommendations but mandates, particularly when looking at data that shows of 73 million children in the US, 499 have died from Covid or a Covid-related condition. Unicef reports that of the 2.7 million reported deaths from Covid or a Covid-related condition, only .3% of those deaths were in people under the age of 20.

Others still are welcoming of the vaccination, hoping disruption to school and daily life will be limited as a result. Additionally, some parents welcome the vaccination to help prevent their children from spreading it to them or to other adult loved ones.

We're watching to see what FDA discussion brings about.

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