SRHD Supports Authorization of Pfizer & Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 6 Months and Older

Kelli Hawkins, SRHD | [email protected] | 509.324.1539, c 509.994.8968

Spokane, Wash. – The Washington State Governor’s Office introduced that the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup reviewed the federal course of and has advisable approved emergency use of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for the prevention of COVID-19 to incorporate use in youngsters 6 months of age and older. Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) helps their suggestion and can start providing the pediatric doses to suppliers by means of their vaccine depot as quickly as vaccine shipments arrive and can supply it at routine back-to-school vaccination clinics, beginning in August.

  • For the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) to incorporate use of the vaccine in people 6 months by means of 17 years of age. The vaccine had been approved to be used in adults 18 years of age and older.
  • For the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA amended the EUA to incorporate use of the vaccine in people 6 months by means of 4 years of age. The vaccine had been approved to be used in people 5 years of age and older.

Dr. Francisco Velázquez, well being officer for SRHD, stated, “Many parents and caregivers have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children in order to protect them from severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death. Having the vaccine available will help ensure our children can maintain a high level of immunity so they can continue to safely participate in in-person learning, extracurricular activities, play dates, and sports. Doing so is critical to their mental and physical well-being.”

Velázquez encourages households to attach with their healthcare supplier to be taught extra concerning the vaccines and to search out out if their healthcare supplier is providing the COVID-19 vaccine for this age group.

“Our children are at a lower risk of severe disease and hospitalization, but they are not immune from it,” Velázquez stated. “We continue to see pediatric cases of COVID-19 in our hospitals, which increased with the Omicron wave. Data show that COVID-19 vaccines for ages 6 months and up are not only effective, but safe, and adverse side effects are rare.”

Velázquez defined as extra of our inhabitants could be totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, the much less we’ll see of virus transmission and hospitalizations, and the safer it’s for all members of the neighborhood to return to public actions and the liberty to be round others.

It is prudent to achieve out to your supplier or pharmacy earlier than visiting in particular person, as not all suppliers are providing the vaccine, and never all pharmacies will vaccinate sufferers below age 3. Vaccine shipments are anticipated to reach from the Washington State Department of Health this week. The following suppliers have confirmed they’ll supply the Pfizer pediatric vaccines in a few of their areas:

  • Providence clinics
  • Consistent Care (will even supply Moderna; will see non-established sufferers)
  • CHAS Health
  • Mt. Spokane Pediatrics (will see non-established sufferers)
  • MultiCare Kaiser Permanente

The SRHD web site offers a map of these suppliers who supply the pediatric vaccines, and it’ll quickly differentiate people who present the vaccine for youthful youngsters.

“The vaccines continue to be effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, including against the Delta and Omicron variants. We continue to see highly effective protection against hospitalizations and severe outcomes for people who are fully vaccinated,” stated Velázquez.

Those who’re eligible for the preliminary vaccine collection or a booster are inspired to make use of DOH’s VaccineLocator.doh.wa.gov web site or name the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press # to be directed to vaccine suppliers in Spokane County. Language help is out there.

Health care suppliers are requested to enroll in vaccine administration by finishing the COVID-19 Provider Inquiry Form on the DOH COVID-19 Vaccination Program Enrollment webpage (below COVID-19 Vaccination Program Enrollment).

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