Local health organizations prepare for full vaccine approval for children ages 5-11

JACKSONVILLE, North Carolina (WNCT) – The FDA recently issued emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. The CDC will meet on Tuesday to make the final decision on vaccine approval for children in this age group.

Onslow County health officials are preparing for final CDC approval, which could come as early as Tuesday.

“Once they do, we expect the vaccines to go live on November 4,” said Dr. Arin Piramzadian, medical director of StarMed Healthcare in Charlotte. So what we do is we pre-book that way, we give parents the reassurance that they can get their kids immunized. ”

The vaccine would be 1/3 the dose that the normal vaccine does for adults. Health officials say side effects will always be the same for children as they are for adults. They expect fever, body aches, nausea and body aches.

You can visit the StarMed website here to make an appointment.

But doctors want parents to know that these side effects are a good thing.

“I know a lot of parents are concerned about the reactions. So the feedback is a good thing. You want kids to have these reactions and that means your body is fighting, it is increasing the immune response, ”Piramzadian said

StarMed Healthcare of Charlotte says they are pre-booking appointments for these pediatric vaccines. They say they have so far about 2,500 children registered in the state.

“This is the safest way, we have to get the kids back to school safely to have family reunions to go on vacation with the grandparents,” Piramzadian said. “This is the way to do it.”

Pfizer is currently the only vaccine approved for emergency use authorization for children aged 12 to 15 years. This authorization will also extend to the new age group. Children will need a parent or guardian present to receive the vaccine.

“We are talking about young people who have a whole life ahead of them. And we want their best life because public health is about keeping the good, the good. That’s why we vaccinate against vaccine-preventable diseases, ”said Whitney Jezek, nursing manager at Onslow County Health Department’s Child Health and Immunization Clinic.

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