ALBANY – New York is getting ready to rollout Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids, with officials saying vaccinations could get underway as soon as next week.
On Tuesday the FDA approved the vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Governor Kathy Hochul addressed the news during her weekly COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday.
In order to get ready for the vaccination rollout, Hochul says the state has pre-ordered more than 380,000 pediatric vaccine doses. Western New York will be allocated over 13,000 vaccine doses.
Dr. Emily Lutterloh is tasked with leading the effort.
“We know that parents want to be able to talk to their child’s pediatrician and get the kids vaccinated where they go for their other medical care,” said Dr. Lutterloh. “That means we need our pediatricians and other clinicians who see children to talk to parents about the vaccine and to encourage those who are eligible to get the vaccine and to give the vaccine in their office.”
Still, the pediatric vaccine is pending approval from the CDC. The group is slated to meet next Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss approval.