DES MOINES, Iowa (WHO) — Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccinations for ages 5 to 11 await Food and Drug Administration approval before Iowa is able to roll out doses.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, there are about 284,000 Iowans who would be in that age group and would qualify for a vaccine. The state’s assigned doses are 99,000 and they should arrive in the state in the period from October 27 to November 4.
The FDA will meet on October 26, so there’s a chance the emergency authorization for use will be implemented by then. But the pediatric vaccine still needs to be approved by the CDC and the ACIP before it can be administered.
While state and county health departments await a decision on those doses, the FDA recently approved Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots for individuals 18 and older. The Polk County Health Department has been administering Pfizer booster injections since September, and now there are even more doses on the pile.
Moderna says the low-dose COVID shot is safe, effective for children aged 6 to 11
“From Friday our clinic was full and today our clinic is full. So individuals benefit from getting their booster,” said Nola Aigner Davis, the Public Health Communications Officer at the Polk County Health Department.
Their clinics are open Monday through Friday. As of now, Monday and Friday are designated for Moderna booster shots and Tuesday through Thursday are Pfizer. The department just started handing out Moderna shots on Friday.
“Once we got approval for the Moderna and J&J, we started on Friday,” Davis said. “So once we get approval from the Iowa Department of Public Health, we can provide vaccines.”
To find out if you qualify and which withdrawal to take, visit the Polk County Health Department website.