CDC advisory committee votes to recommend Pfizer vaccine for children

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A committee of independent experts advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is expected to issue the final recommendation as soon as Tuesday evening, allowing the first shots to be administered by Wednesday morning. Vaccinations aren’t expected to kick into high-gear until next week, when the White House says Pfizer’s pediatric vaccines will be more widely available. About 15 million doses are expected to ship out over the next week, with the majority being made available at pediatrician’s offices, children’s hospitals, community centers, and mass vaccination sites. About 5 million doses will reportedly go to pharmacies.

The vaccine will be given at a smaller, one-third dose for children.

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