Raleigh, NC – Pharmacies, physician offices, and clinics throughout North Carolina receive deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 years.
This comes after advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to recommend an emergency use permit for the vaccine for children.
Health Park Pharmacy in northern Raleigh received 900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for toddlers – and they already have between 1,400 and 1,500 appointments in line this week.
Pharmacy owner Steve Adkins says 2,100 additional doses are on the way.
Children ages 5-11 will receive a much smaller dose than adults have received, only 10 micrograms.
They administer the vaccine at the pharmacy and elsewhere.
Adkins said parents for the most part have been very eager for the vaccine.
“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from parents. We’ve also had some negative people online. We were just trying to use this as an opportunity to educate,” Adkins said.
Many parents have told WRAL News that they have already signed up to have their children vaccinated. Others say they will wait and see how the first round of vaccinations goes before they make a decision.
Some parents say they will not get their children vaccinated at all.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice, the independent group of experts advising the CDC, met on Tuesday to take this penultimate regulatory step before the final decision goes to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. The panel unanimously recommended the vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds. Now Walensky just needs to sign the recommendation, and children in this age group are allowed to start getting shots.
The FDA approved Pfizer’s vaccine for this younger age group on Friday, giving the company the honor of having the first emergency permit for a COVID-19 shot for younger children in the United States. The FDA said the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks to children.