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CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11

On November 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention accepted the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that children ages 5–11 be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now authorized for about 28 million children in the United States in this age group. CDC is allowing providers to begin offering vaccinations as soon as possible.
The dosage for children ages 5-11 will be one-third (1/3) of the approved dosage for adults and teens. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky noted that vaccine effectiveness was nearly 91%. Side effects in clinical trials were similar to those seen in adults (the most common being a sore arm) and were mild.

Children do not need a pediatrician’s authorization or release to get vaccinated at other sites, such as pharmacies or community health centers.

Vaccine distribution started immediately, and will scale up starting on November 8th. Cornerstone Family Healthcare will share more information on the availability of this approved dosage as it becomes available. Check back here for the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccines for children.

Read the full CDC release here.

And here are key insights from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty on why it’s important for kids to be vaccinated.

SOURCE: CDC; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

On August 23, 2021 the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older– further proving that the vaccine is safe and effective.

The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

More than 204 million of the Pfizer shots have been administered, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have not received the vaccinated yet, please do it now. It could save your life and the lives of those you love. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for yourself or your loved one, please contact Cornerstone Family Healthcare at 845-563-8000 or register online by clicking here.

“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting FDA Commissioner, Dr. Janet Woodcock.

“While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA approved Covid-19 vaccine, the public can be confident that this vaccine meets the FDA’s gold standard for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality that we require for an approved product,” said Dr. Woodcock. ” While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated.”

Learn more: https://www.fda.gov/…/fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccine