Pediatric COVID vaccines arrive in Texas

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Texas health officials have asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses to more than 900 suppliers in 155 Texas counties over the next week.

Send the news: The FDA extended its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 5-11, and the CDC approved the pediatric two-dose regimen on Tuesday, the latest step in the approval process. Vaccine doses began to appear in Texas on Monday.

The malfunction: The CDC will send more than 1 million doses to health care providers in Texas to vaccinate children ages 5-11, state health officials said Wednesday.

Nearly 350,000 doses are on their way to pharmacies across the state. More than three dozen Austin suppliers will receive an initial shipment of the pediatric vaccine in the next week, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services. More than 400,000 doses have already arrived in Texas, and 162,000 showed up on Wednesday. The remaining shots will be sent until next week, state health officials said.

the big picture: Widespread childhood vaccinations are needed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but it remains to be seen whether parents — even those who have been fully vaccinated — will jump to vaccinate their children.

If you are planning to vaccinate your child: Look for providers who have received the pediatric vaccine, health officials say. The pediatric dose is a different formulation than the vaccine approved for adults.

Check if your child’s provider has received a vaccine shipment. State health officials also recommend making an appointment.Axios on facebookAxios on twitterAxios on linkedinAxios on email

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