Local distributors tell me the demand for adults has dropped drastically within the last few weeks but they say with the new vaccine efforts including kids, they are expecting to see a surge again
The Pfizer vaccine is the first COVID-19 vaccine across the country authorized for use by the FDA in children ages 12 and up.
Officials with the FDA say, Pfizer conducted a clinical trial with more than 2,000 12 to 15 year olds, and it showed the vaccines efficacy is 100% and well tolerated.
On Wednesday, the CDC will meet to decide whether or not to recommend its usage in kids these ages until then, vaccines will not yet be distributed.
Locally, distributors say the process will stay the same.
“It is the same vaccine we have been administrating to adults, so on our side there’s really not a lot of additional preparation. It’s just working with the school districts to get the words out to parents that we have vaccines available, and it’s approved for this age group.”
Geisinger officials say they are also prepared to provide they write,
“Our community vaccine centers will also be staffed with pediatric teams, including pediatricians, to answer any questions and assist with the vaccinations. You don’t need to be a Geisinger patient to get the vaccine at one of our vaccine centers, but anyone who is under 18 must have a parent or guardian with them.”
Centre Volunteers In Medicine has been in contact with State College school district about a vaccine clinic later this week.
“Because of the age, 12 through 15-year-olds will have to have a parent or guardian with them but we will have some evening hours later in the week for parents who work.”
Clinics and vaccine distribution to these age groups will depend on Wednesday’s meeting with the CDC.