With 900 pediatric doses incoming, Darien kids could be fully vaccinated by Christmas, officials say

DARIEN — The city has ordered 900 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, officials said Thursday.

With first-dose clinics set to open in mid-November and second-dose clinics in early December, Darien Director of Health David Knauf said most Darien children could be fully vaccinated by Christmas.

The first 900 doses are expected sometime late next week, Knauf said. An expert panel for the Food and Drug Administration this week approved pediatric use of the Pfizer vaccine for younger children, although full final approval is still pending.

Earlier this week, Darien’s primary schools sent a survey to parents with questions about vaccinating their children and received more than 900 responses within two hours, Knauf said.

“It was an overwhelmingly positive response,” said Knauf. He added that the 900 doses currently underway are just a first shipment, with more to follow if the city needs them.

Darien’s health department is holding first-dose clinics for children in City Hall’s gymnasium on November 13 and 14. Second-dose clinics will be held on December 4 and 11.

Darien Public Schools will manage student vaccine appointments, Knauf said. Schools will send more information to parents in the coming days.

As of Thursday, 91 percent of eligible city residents have been fully vaccinated and 98 percent have had at least one dose, according to First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.

“There continues to be a significant drop in the number of reported (COVID-19) cases, both across the city and in our schools,” Stevenson said Thursday.

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