Ohio prepares for pediatric COVID-19 vaccine authorization

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – The Ohio Department of Health said children will have plenty of opportunities to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine once it is approved by the federal government.

The ODH said it is working with vaccine providers, pediatricians, primary care physicians, both adult and pediatric hospitals, schools and pharmacies across the state to prepare to vaccinate youth ages 5-11.

Federal regulators will meet in the next two weeks to weigh up the safety and effectiveness of giving children low doses.

The US Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will meet on October 26 to discuss the pediatric formulation of COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5-11.

ODH said it has informed providers they should be ready to vaccinate children ages 5-11 shortly after the FDA authorization is granted and the CDC makes its recommendations.

ODH works closely with the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) and the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association (OCHA) in its preparation.

Among the state’s efforts are partnerships with 260 school districts across the state, which have plans to run childhood vaccination clinics in schools and their local communities.

In addition, the Ohio Vax-2-School program will be expanded to include youth ages 5 to 11 years old.

Ohio Vax-2-School will award $2 million in scholarships to eligible Ohioans.

To date, more than 80,000 submissions have been received for Ohio Vax-2-School at www.ohiovax2school.com.

The entry deadline and draw dates have not yet been announced.

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