Colorado making plans to receive Pfizer pediatric vaccine if approved

Denver (KDVR) — An FDA advisory panel voted Tuesday to recommend approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Federal officials could give full approval in the coming week.

There are nearly 500,000 children ages 5 to 11 in the state. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Colorado will receive 171,000 doses of the pediatric vaccine in its initial rollout.

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The CDC estimates the first shipments could arrive in Colorado on November 1 or 2. The shots cannot be administered until emergency use is granted.

dr. Bechara Choucair, the White House vaccination coordinator, is already working with local providers.

“We have been working with states, doctors’ offices and pharmacies on their request for the vaccine. We have enough supply to meet the demand,” said Dr. Choucair.

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The aim is to make access easy and convenient and to increase confidence in the vaccines with a public information campaign.

dr. Ozzie Grenardo, of Centura Health, chairs the Colorado Vaccine Equity Taskforce. He wants to ensure that the vaccine is rolled out equitably to communities of color, where vaccination rates lag behind their peers.

“We need to make sure they stay ahead of the curve on this,” said Dr. Grenardo.

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