Doses of COVID-19 vaccine for children already being shipped to Ohio providers

CDC recommends Pfizer vaccine for kids 5 to 11
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Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 9:49 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The director for the Ohio Department of Health provided more details regarding the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for younger children.

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff delivered remarks on Wednesday morning. He was joined Dr. Patty Manning-Courtney, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Michael Forbes, of Akron Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Michele Dritz, of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“We are on the threshold of a long-awaited step that brings us closer to getting through this pandemic,” Dr. Vanderhoff said. “Thanks to the authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 5 to 11 years old, we can now better protect these school-aged children from severe complications from COVID-19.”

Doses have already been shipped to select providers in Ohio, according to Dr. Vanderhoff. Once received, the shots can be administered immediately to younger children.

The health briefing came a short time after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recommended a smaller dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old.

As of Nov. 1, the Ohio Department of Health said more than 2,000 children under the age of 18 in the state have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Fifteen children have died.

Even before the recommendation was given, providers throughout Ohio began receiving additional doses of the vaccine for children in anticipation of approval.

Dr. Vanderhoff said he does not expect supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to be an issue.

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