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LSU Health “anticipates” rolling out Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children next week

Children remain the largest group of unvaccinated individuals across the country.
Hours after the director of the CDC gave the ‘thumbs up’ for Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for...
Hours after the director of the CDC gave the ‘thumbs up’ for Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children 5 to 11 — LSU Health Shreveport is anxiously awaiting shipments to begin getting shots in arms.(UW-Health)
Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 5:36 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Hours after the director of the CDC gave the ‘thumbs up’ for Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children 5 to 11 — LSU Health Shreveport is anxiously awaiting shipments to begin getting shots in arms.

Dr. John Vanchiere, who is leading testing and vaccination efforts for LSU Health, says he hopes to begin administering doses of the newly approved shot as soon as next week.

“Part of controlling the pandemic and getting to the end of it is controlling the spread in all age groups,” Vanchiere said. “The 5 to 11-year-olds are a key part of that.”

Children remain the largest group of unvaccinated individuals across the country.

Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for kids is 90 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID — at just a third the size of the adult dose, the drugmaker reports.

“We know there are a lot of parents who are anxious to get their kids vaccinated, there are a lot of kids who are anxious to be vaccinated...because they understand the importance of vaccination.”

Doses of the vaccine will be administered by medical personnel at the former Chevyland dealership, located at 2627 Linwood Avenue, as well as in schools across north Louisiana in the coming weeks.

“We are working with schools and other contract organizations to make vaccine available for kids in the school setting,” he explained. “Parents don’t have to miss work and kids don’t have to miss school to get vaccinated.”

With many expected to travel this holiday season, Vanchiere is working hard to vaccinate as many children as possible, before families hit the road or take to the skies.

“We expect there is going to be a lot of travel this year that didn’t happen last year,” Vanchiere added. “Thanksgiving is classically the time when Americans travel more than any other holiday and that shuffles all of our germs around.”

Stay with KSLA for updates on when LSU Health will be pediatric vaccinations, as anticipated, next week.

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