COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for 5-to 11-year-olds – Everett Post

OLYMPIA – On Wednesday November 3rd, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced that parents can breathe a sigh of relief that their younger children can now be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. The announcement followed news from the Western States Scientific Safety Advisory Group, which has reviewed the CDC’s Emergency Authorization (EUA) and confirmed the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

Arthur Reingold, MD, chairman of the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, stated in a memo to various governors that their team has thoroughly reviewed the evidence from the clinical trial in children ages 5-11 of the 10 µg PfizerBioNTech COVID-19 vaccine reviewed and became confident that the benefits of this vaccine for children ages 5-11 far outweigh the known or likely risks. The working group therefore supported their use as part of the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) as a series with two doses of 10 µg per dose at an interval of three weeks.

Governor Inslee loved the announcement and said it “brings us one step closer to getting the entire population of Washington eligible for the vaccine. And one step closer to find our way out of this pandemic. “

Additionally, Inslee said that taking these steps should make the challenges of cases in schools more manageable and ideally that means fewer transfers, fewer absenteeism and healthier children and educators.

“I encourage parents and guardians to have their children vaccinated,” said Inslee. Vaccine dates and clinics can be found at https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/. “

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