Will Louisiana Parents Step Up to Get Young Children Vaccinated?
It's a go for COVID vaccines for children between the ages of 5 and 11. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee's recommendation to move forward with the Pfizer pediatric vaccine.
The Louisiana Department of Health will send out guidance to vaccine providers today.
Governor John Bel Edwards says:
This is great news and a major relief for parents who have been waiting for their children to have an opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine has been thoroughly tested and found to be safe and effective for children and adults. While children may often be asymptomatic, they are still able to become ill from this virus and transmit it to adults unknowingly, which is why this is another important step in helping us better protect one another and get back to a more normal way of life. During the Delta surge, we lost too many children to COVID-19. It is my hope that because of this expanded access to the vaccine, more precious lives will be saved.
Louisiana Health Secretary Dr. Courtney Phillips says:
We applaud the diligent work by the FDA and CDC. Many parents of young children around the country and across our state, including me, are breathing a little easier tonight. That said, we appreciate everyone's patience with us as we finalize our own review and with providers this week as they operationalize this new guidance.
Medical leaders say this is a powerful new tool to protect children.
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