Her active son was sitting in her arms at the vaccine clinic at the National Children’s Hospital in Washington while receiving the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The bullet was fired into his thigh. He cried for a few seconds, but then his attention was turned to the golden retriever, which was located as a consolation by the hospital.
DeRoo, a pediatrician at the National Children’s Hospital in Washington, told CNN on Tuesday that he was “delighted” to have his son vaccinated.
DeRoo added that his family now feels comfortable participating in certain events, knowing that their youngest son has started the Covid-19 vaccine series.
“It will definitely allow us to have more freedom in our personal lives and in what we do,” DeRoo said. “And for the baby, we feel like we can protect him as much as we can.”
Vaccination of Covid-19 for children under 5 years of age began on Tuesday throughout the United States and is an important milestone in the country’s fight against the disease.
Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration expanded the use of Modera vaccine in emergencies involving children aged 6 months to 17 years and Pfizer / BioNTech for children aged 6 months to 4 years.
Then on Saturday, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Valensky signed the Covid-19 vaccine for children under 5 years of age, paving the way for groups of that age to be vaccinated.
About 17 million children under the age of 5 are now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.
“It’s a big day. We’ve been waiting a long time for the kids to get vaccinated. Now we have every group of 6 months and older who has the right to be protected from Covid. 19 vaccines. As the father of a 4-year-old, I can say it’s my family.” That’s a big deal, “said Dr. Vivek Merty, a U.S. general surgeon.
“Another 1 million doses have been sent and will soon be received by administration websites,” HHS spokesman Tim Granholm wrote in an email to CNN on Wednesday morning.
“HHS has received orders for approximately 4.2 million doses today,” Granholm wrote. “As we fulfill orders and receive new vaccines, we will continue to deliver vaccines as soon as possible. We initially released 10 million doses of vaccines to order, and there are millions of vaccines available recently, so deliveries shouldn’t stop someone from vaccinating their young.”
Vaccines are given in appropriate doses for children
According to the FDA, the Modernna vaccine can be given as a two-dose main batch, with doses spaced four weeks apart, with each dose of 25 micrograms in infants and children aged 6 months to 5 years.
Although the FDA has approved the Modera vaccine for children between the ages of 6 and 17, the CDC has not recommended it to that age group, so it is not yet possible to administer the injections. The FDA allows children between the ages of 6 and 11 to receive doses of 50 micrograms each. It is used as a dose of 100 micrograms for 12 years and older.
The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine can now be given to infants and children 6 months to 4 years of age, with each dose being given as a three-dose main series of 3 micrograms. The vaccine is administered as a basic batch of 10 micrograms in a single dose for children 5 to 11 years of age and 30 micrograms in a single dose for adolescents and adults 12 and older.
Completing the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine series is a long process because the first two doses are given after three weeks and then the third dose after a few weeks.
Dr. Jeannette Lee, MD, of the University of Arkansas, said she was concerned that children on the FDA’s Vaccine Advisory Committee were failing to complete all three doses.
“Three doses will definitely benefit. I’m worried that most of these kids won’t get the third dose,” Lee said. “My concern is that you have to take three doses to get what you need.”
When it comes to children between the ages of 4 and 5 when completing a series of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines, the CDC recommends two options. The child can complete the initial two-dose series allowed for children 5 to 11 years of age, or complete a three-dose series for young children, but each of the 2 and 3 doses may be a dose for younger children or for children 5 to 5 years of age. 11.
The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee found that the benefits of both vaccines outweighed the risks, and that the vaccines were “well tolerated” among children who underwent clinical trials.
According to clinical trials, the common side effects of both vaccines include pain, headache, fever, chills, and fatigue at the injection site. Vaccines cause immune reactions in children as in adults.
Young children can be vaccinated
Pediatric offices and pharmacies are the main places where young children can be vaccinated.
“We know that parents want to vaccinate their children in pediatricians’ offices. Some people go to the pharmacy, some to the children’s hospital or some public health center,” said the doctor. Ashish Ja, the White House’s Kovid-19 reaction coordinator, was on CBS television on Monday.
“But I think most parents want to vaccinate their children at the pediatrician’s office,” Jae said. “So many pediatricians recommend the vaccine.”
As for the pharmacies that offer these child-sized vaccines, CVS and Walgreens have announced plans to provide vaccinations.
CVS will begin giving Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines to children under the age of five on Tuesday, a communications spokesman told CNN.
“We will begin administering the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to children aged 18 months to four years starting Tuesday at our 1,100 MinuteClinic location,” said Matt Blanchett, Senior Retail Manager, CVS Pharmacy, in an email to CNN. .
“MinuteClinic is located within 35 state and CVS Pharmacy stores in Washington, DC,” Blanchett said. Prescriptions will be available on a rotating basis depending on the availability of the vaccine.
According to Blanchett, children over the age of 5 can still get Covid-19 vaccines at CVS pharmacies.
In a press release on Saturday, Walgrins announced that meetings to vaccinate children would be available from June 25. Walgrins will vaccinate children 3 and older in “selected” locations and schedule appointments online.
Covid-19 vaccinations for children under 5 will be available after doses at Hy-Vee pharmacies, a CNN spokesman said on Monday.
Tina Pottoff, senior vice president of communications, wrote in an email: “Hy-Vee expects to receive allocations for newly approved age groups in the coming days.”
“As soon as we receive the vaccine and the meeting schedule for this age group is open, we will update the COVID-19 vaccine launch page, post it on our Hy-Vee store’s Facebook pages, and contact the media in eight of our countries. To keep you informed about ongoing pediatric centers.
Under federal regulations, he wrote, Hy-Vee will only give vaccinations to children 3 and older.
“Under the PREP law, retail pharmacies, including Hy-Vee pharmacies, are only allowed to vaccinate patients over the age of 3,” Pottoff wrote in an email. “Patients under the age of 3 should see a pediatrician or health care provider for the COVID-19 vaccine.”
CNN’s Naomi Thomas and Virginia Langmeid contributed to this report.