Preparing for Childhood COVID-19 Vaccinations

Federal regulators will meet later this month and in early November to determine whether emergency use authorization should be granted to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-12. A committee of the Food and Drug Administration will meet Oct. 26, while an advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet Nov. 2-3.

Jeff Zients, the COVID-19 response coordinator at the White House, told CNN that the Biden administration would work with states “to set up convenient locations for parents and kids to get vaccinated, including pediatricians’ offices and community sites. We’ll be ready pending the CDC and FDA action.”

To begin preparing for pediatric vaccinations, the Washington State Department of Health has some recommendations for clinicians to stay updated: