Allen County health officials ready for impact of government authorization of COVID shots for younger children

The White House is awaiting recommendations from the FDA and CDC regarding the Pfizer vaccine's...
The White House is awaiting recommendations from the FDA and CDC regarding the Pfizer vaccine's use for children aged 5-11.(14 News)
Published: Oct. 28, 2021 at 10:15 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Drug maker Pfizer is producing pediatric doses of its COVID vaccine, expecting government regulators will soon give the go ahead for 5 to 11 year olds to receive the company’s COVID shots.

The Allen County Health Department is preparing to administer shots to that new segment of the population in early November.

“We’re pretty excited about that opportunity coming, hopefully soon,” said health department administrator Mindy Waldron.

She says the Memorial Coliseum vaccination site and Supershot on Hobson Road are two places that are gearing up for the likelihood of increased traffic.

“We hope within the next couple weeks we’ll be able to be ready to deploy those, they’re getting ready to ship vaccines once the approvals happen, so we’re all getting ready,” Waldron said.

An FDA advisory board has recommended offering the Pfizer shots to younger children, but now the agency as a whole must sign off on the move.

The CDC would then review the data and decide on whether to give its authorization.

Meetings are scheduled for next week.

The doses, specially marked with orange lids so they won’t get confused with adult doses, will be ready to be shipped across the country.

Brenda Mossbarger of Fort Wayne, a grandparent, told us she thinks 5 to 11 year olds being vaccinated against the coronavirus is sound practice.

“We vaccinate our children against any number of diseases to make sure they stay healthy and well and don’t spread it to others…There’s no magic circle, no magic bubble of immunity around these children. I just think it’s the responsible thing to do,” Mossbarger said.

But Simran, a woman we spoke with who is studying to become a nurse, shared that she would not allow a small child of hers to get a COVID vaccine, and her own experience with the shots shaped her view.

“I felt like so down, I hadn’t been to work for like three days when I got my vaccine, I think in the kids, it’s really dreadful. They are way too young for that,” Simran said.

It’s important to note the doses for the children are smaller, to try and make sure they aren’t too strong for kids.

About 28 million American children would be eligible for the shots if final approval is granted.

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