Pediatricians weigh in as state readies for kids’ COVID-19 vaccines

Pediatricians weigh in as state readies for kids’ COVID-19 vaccines

November 3, 2021 | School-age children across the nation are about to have a vaccination option against COVID-19. Pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are rolling out after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the final clearance for ages 5 to 11. This version consists of 10 micrograms per shot, a third of the ones for ages 12 and older. Like the other Pfizer vaccine, the new pediatric doses come in two doses given about three weeks apart. The vaccine for ages 5-11 is marked with an orange label. Like the adult version, it’s free.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5 to 11 is now in Alabama

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5 to 11 is now in Alabama

November 6, 2021 | Some of the state’s doses of the COVID-19 vaccines for children are already in Alabama.
Many local pediatricians, pharmacies, health departments, and even Children’s of Alabama Hospital still don’t have their doses yet. They are expecting them early next week, but some providers have already gotten their shots and are giving them over the weekend. “We pre-ordered 600 doses,” Rock Creek Pharmacy Pharmacist Teri Anders said. “As soon as it was released, our order went through. We got them on Thursday.”

Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine now available in Alabama

Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine now available in Alabama

November 22, 2021 | Children ages 5 – 11 are eligible for vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine which is now available in locations throughout the state, including community retail pharmacies and county health departments. Alabama expects to have an adequate vaccine supply to meet demand, and more vaccine will be arriving each day as orders are filled. The vaccine for children is a smaller dose and is given as a 2-dose series, three weeks apart. Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine product that has current authorization for COVID-19 vaccine to this age group.