Miami-Dade, Florida – According to the major announcement, kids ages 5 to 11 can get Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. Parents and youngsters are now waiting for the shipments.
According to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in South Miami and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, they are ready to go as soon as the doses arrive.
“Facilities are waiting for the vaccine supply to come in so we start vaccinating those individuals,” said Dr. Marcos Mestre, chief medical officer at Nicklaus.
The White House COVID response team said to expect thousands of locations across the country to be ready to put shots in arms soon.
“Starting the week of Nov. 8, the kids’ vaccination program will be fully up and running,” said Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator.
As early as next week Broward County is working with the health department and anticipates making vaccines available at elementary and middle schools.
Shots will be available at 40 school sites, in Miami-Dade County. The vaccines for kids come in a smaller dose.
Parental consent will be required.
“There are measures to make sure that your child is receiving the appropriate dose,” Mestre said. “This is a third of the dose which we saw in the adolescents and adults, so it’s 10 micrograms as opposed to 30 micrograms.”