Harrisburg, PA – The Division of Well being at this time applauded the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) for taking the following step to make Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine out there to 12- to 15-year-olds, however famous yet another necessary step is required earlier than vaccinations can begin.
“We’re thrilled that the FDA’s analysis has decided the Pfizer vaccine is protected and efficient for people as younger as 12,” Appearing Secretary of Well being Alison Beam stated. “Because of this roughly 750,000 extra Pennsylvanians will be capable to get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.”
Earlier than vaccinations on this age group can start, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) must evaluate the information and make an official advice to make use of the vaccine for this age group. ACIP is scheduled to debate the advice on Wednesday, Might 12.
“As soon as the entire approvals are in place Pennsylvania vaccine suppliers can be prepared to start vaccinating these younger individuals so as to add them to the greater than 5.7 million Pennsylvanians who’ve acquired no less than one dose of COVID-19 vaccine thus far,” Appearing Secretary Beam stated.
Vaccine suppliers in Pennsylvania are being instructed to be prepared for vaccination requests for individuals on this age group later this week. In Pennsylvania, immunizations, like different normal medical companies, require consent. The Division of Well being recommends that vaccine suppliers observe their present coverage for vaccinations of minors.
The eligibility of 12- to 15-year-olds doesn’t change the Division of Well being’s standards for no less than 70 p.c of Pennsylvania adults to get totally vaccinated for the state’s masks mandate to be lifted. In response to the CDC, as of this morning, 45.6 p.c of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are totally vaccinated.
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