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The White House on Wednesday announced plans to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11, pending approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the coming weeks.
The Biden administration said it had purchased enough vaccines to immunize all 28 million children across the country aged 5 to 11 and was working with state and local leaders to be ready to distribute the vaccines an once they are cleared.
The distribution plan will draw on more than 25,000 pediatrician offices, community health centers, schools and pharmacies to put parents and children at ease, rather than the mass vaccination sites used during the initial rollout for adults.
The administration said it is also launching a partnership with the Children’s Hospital Association to work with more than 100 children’s hospital systems across the country to set up vaccination sites in November and through the end of the year. ‘calendar year.
“Parents know and trust children’s hospitals to meet their children’s medical needs, and these vaccination efforts will be no different. Pediatricians, pediatric specialists, nurses and team members will administer the vaccine to children in trusted, family-friendly environments who serve children every day, ”according to the fact sheet.
The details come ahead of an Oct. 26 meeting of an FDA advisory group to discuss the authorization of pediatric vaccines. If the panel recommends authorization, an FDA decision could be made in the following days, which would then pave the way for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make recommendations on a pediatric dose in early November.
White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said the administration was not trying to get ahead of public health agencies by announcing a distribution plan before a vaccine was cleared.
“I think the best practice here is to plan ahead so that we can start when the CDC and FDA make their decision,” Zients said in a briefing Wednesday.
General surgeon Vivek Murthy echoed the need to plan ahead and said preparation must be prior to authorization.
“All these conversations we have with community organizations, the logistics that need to be put in place with doctors’ offices and pharmacies. It takes time, and that’s one of the reasons this planning has to start so early that it can’t wait for a final decision to be made, ”said Murthy.
“Although this final decision clearly rests with the FDA and the CDC,” he added.
According to the White House, the vaccine will have packaging available in smaller configurations that will make it easier to use doctors’ offices and other smaller community providers.
The vaccine will be stored in vials of 10 doses and packaged in cartons of 10 vials each. To prevent it from spoiling, the vaccine can be stored for up to 10 weeks at standard refrigeration temperatures and up to six months at ultra-cold temperatures, according to an administration information sheet.
The vaccine will also come with all the auxiliary supplies that providers need to serve children, including small needles.
The plan will rely heavily on states, tribes and territories to help implement a smooth deployment.
To this end, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides comprehensive funding to states to support immunization operations and outreach, including setting up sites, purchasing equipment and supplies for store and administer the vaccine.
FEMA will also provide transportation to and from vaccination sites and assist with public communication such as public service announcements and translation services.
NYC Extends Vaccination Mandate To All Public Officials
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New York City announced on Wednesday that it was expanding its vaccination mandate to all public employees and that it would also end the ability to test weekly instead of getting vaccinated.
The city says the mandate will affect 160,500 city workers, as they will need to receive a dose of the vaccine by Oct. 29. The only workers excluded are certain correctional officers in uniform who will have a deadline of December 1.
City employees who provide proof of vaccination by the Oct. 29 deadline will receive a $ 500 bonus on their paycheck, while those who fail to submit documents will be placed on unpaid leave until they are released. ‘they do.
“There is no greater privilege than serving the people of New York and with that privilege comes the responsibility to protect yourself and your community,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ( D).
“We have paved the way against COVID-19 – from fighting for the right to immunize frontline workers, to providing top-notch incentives, to creating the Key to NYC mandate. As we continue our recovery for all of us, municipal workers have been a daily inspiration. Now is the time for them to show their city the way forward to emerge from this pandemic once and for all, ”he added.