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Wed May 12, 2021, 03:14 PM

CDC advisers recommend coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds

Source: Washington Post

An advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday that the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine be used in children as young as 12, expanding access to adolescents in an important next phase to end the pandemic.

The vote was 14 in favor with one recusal. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is expected to sign off within hours, giving the green light for the two-dose vaccine to be used in 12- to 15-year-olds. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the vaccine for emergency use in that age group Monday, saying it was safe and effective at the same dose being given to those 16 and older.

The CDC action will mean the inoculation can be given at any site authorized to administer the shots. Pharmacies and large vaccination clinics that already have doses of the Pfizer vaccine are likely to be among the first places where adolescents can get the shots, according to federal and state health officials. The vaccine’s cold-storage requirements and large lot size — 1,170 doses is the minimum order — make it more challenging to be distributed to doctors’ offices right away, officials said.

Some states, including Arkansas, Delaware and Georgia, opened up eligibility on Tuesday, a day after the FDA authorized the vaccine for younger teens. But many other states and providers were waiting for the CDC recommendation; some insurance plans won’t reimburse providers for the administration fee without the CDC sign-off.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/05/12/pfizer-vaccine-adolescents-cdc-advisory-panel/

Have been watching the meeting since ~11:50 am EDT (it started around 11 am). Members are now providing remarks for why their votes.

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Wed May 12, 2021, 03:46 PM

1. Maine is letting 12 - 15 year olds to get vaccines today

What's weird is everyone can schedule an appointment online, except parents of 12 year olds have to schedule by calling a phone number. It seems strange they are doing it that way. I was just checking it out. I have an 11 year old who will be 12 in month and half, so I wanted to see what the process is. I wish I could sign him up now, but have to wait until he is technically 12.

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Wed May 12, 2021, 04:00 PM

3. Here in the Philly area, we had 2 suburban counties who already started offering it

right after the FDA approval. The other surrounding counties (and the city) said they would wait for the CDC approval (probably out of an abundance of caution for anyone who might have questioned giving it without the CDC review and announcement).

As a note in your situation, I think most "non-child-targeted" websites require users be age 13 and older to access the site, so that might be why they require a parent (or guardian) to do it (and using the phone, they might end up sending you an email with a link to use to schedule the appointment or would do it over the phone).

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Wed May 12, 2021, 03:54 PM

2. Smart decision IMO..

this decision will help with getting insurance to pay for vaccinations for many.


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