A hospital in Connecticut began administering Covid-19 vaccines to children, aged between five to 11, just minutes after the CDC officially signed off on approval.
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.
Dr Rochelle Walsky, Director of the CDC, signed off on the vote. This means that approximately 28,000,000 children in the US now have the right to get the shots.
It was the last step in the process that allowed injections to young children to be started this week in America.
Some people opposed the approval of the vaccine, arguing that vaccinations for children are unnecessary because of the low risk Covid poses to young children.
In the United States, there have been more then 1.9 million cases, over 8,300 hospitalizations and more than 2,300 cases MIS–C (pediatric multisystem inflammatory Syndrome) among 5- to 11-year olds. There have also been about 100 deaths.
However, those who supported the decision argue that vaccinations children have the potential to reduce school closures as well as transmission to the wider population. This could help to curb the spread of the pandemic.
Minutes after Tuesday’s official approval by the CDC, six children were vaccinated at Hartford Hospital.
After the vaccine approval was confirmed, many parents brought their children with them to Hartford Hospital. Six of the six children were vaccinated by Hartford Hospital after 8 p.m. 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 are vaccinated. This is a huge step towards making the world normal again. We don’t all need to wear masks, and everyone can be safe and healthy.
Liz Cronin, a mother, said that she could cry. “We’ve all waited so long for it for our children to… feel normal again.
Kareem Omar, six year old, stated that the shot he received ‘doesn’t really pain’ and added that he did it for America’s sake. Because it’s helping America, and the world, so, every person on Earth has a better life.
Only one-third of the original vaccine dose for adults is available for children at Pfizer. The two doses are given 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.
After receiving the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine to protect his children at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut, a ten year-old boy gives Colleen Teevan a high five.
The Pfizer dose for children contains only one-third the original vaccine for adults, and is approximately 91 percent effective against Covid. Pictured: Children queue for the shot in Connecticut
Before full approval by the CDC, stickers for children will be seen. Children can receive the Pfizer BioNTech Colvid-19 vaccine at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut on November 2, 2021.
President Joe 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 that 0.1 percent of all Covid-related deaths in the U.S.
Due to the low risk of severe illnesses, polls show that many parents aren’t inclined to vaccinate children.
The CDC convened a panel made up of independent scientists to review the available data about the outbreak in children and the effectiveness of Pfizer’s vaccine. They also discussed possible side effects of the vaccine during a day-long live stream.
The panel unanimously recommended the vaccination, and the CDC later supported that recommendation.
The main concern was myocarditis. This is an inflammation of heart muscle that can be found in adolescents and young adults (mostly men) after vaccination with Moderna or Pfizer.
Nearly 880 cases of people younger than 30 years have been confirmed by the health authorities. Nearly 830 of these patients required hospitalization.
Nine deaths have been linked to myocarditis following the vaccination.
Dr. Matthew Oster, a pediatric cardiologist, stated that six cases of vaccine-related myocarditis had been reviewed.
He said, “I’m more concerned about what would happen if their child gets Covid, for patients without heart disease, than if they got this vaccine.”
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.
A survey revealed that more than one third of parents of children aged 5-11 are not planning on getting their children vaccinated against Covid because of the low risk of serious illness.
33 percent said they would wait and see how the vaccine works before deciding whether to immunize their children.
Another 5 percent of parents state that they will only get their kids vaccinated if required by their schools, while 30% say they won’t get their kids vaccinated.
A member of the FDA advisory panel voted against recommending the shot to children last week, claiming that there is not enough evidence to recommend the shot to all children.
The FDA’s Vaccines Advisory Commission voted 17-0-1 to recommend that the vaccine be used for children five to eleven years old.
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
DailyMail.com was told by Dr Michael Kurilla (director of the Division of Clinical Innovation) at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences that he was the only member who did not vote ‘yes’.
Kurilla claims that there are children at high risk of severe Covid from underlying conditions. However, he isn’t sure if this applies for all children in this age group.
He also stated that children who have been infected by Covid in the past are likely to have immunity.
Kurilla stated that current data doesn’t suggest the vaccine’s protection will be long-lasting enough, and he is concerned that antibodies in children will decrease as in adults.
The government was ahead of the curve, procuring sufficient doses for the children aged 5-11 and beginning to ship them throughout the country.
In a White House statement, President Joe Biden stated that “Today, we have reached an important turning point in our fight against Covid-19.”
Vaccinating children younger than 5 years old will ‘end months of anxious worrying about their children, and reduce the spread of the virus to other children. The president said that it was a major step forward in our fight against the virus.
Children watch as Colleen Teevan, a pharmacist, reconstitutes Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for children before giving it to six children who are waiting to be amongst the first to receive the vaccine at Hartford Hospital in Hartford (Connecticut) on November 2, 2021
The caps for children’s vials are orange, which makes them easier to recognize than the purple caps for older groups. Pictured: A vial of the new children’s dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, seen at Hartford Hospital in Hartford on Tuesday
He said that the government has enough vaccine for every child in America and that officials have begun packing and shipping millions of doses over the weekend.
He said that the program would be ramped up in the days ahead and fully operational by the week of the 8th of November.
Two injections of the vaccine will be administered, each three weeks apart. The dose has been adjusted to 10 micrograms, as opposed to 30 micrograms for those in older age groups.
The caps on the vials of children will be orange, which makes them easier to recognize than the purple caps on older groups’ vials.
Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, stated in a statement that she encourages parents to ask questions about vaccines and to get their children vaccinated.
Expected benefits of vaccinations for children include fewer school closings and a possible decrease in the spread of the disease to the general population.
Beth Bell, an infectious disease specialist who is also a member of the CDC’s committee, said, “If I had a grandson, I would definitely get that grandchild vaccinated as quickly as possible.”
“We have excellent evidence of safety and efficacy. We have a favorable analysis of the risk and benefits.