Shreveport health official speaks on Pfizer’s vaccine for kids age 5-11

Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 4:16 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2021 at 5:32 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Millions of children across the country from age 5 to 11 are now eligible to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. This is after the CDC gave the green light on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

KSLA talked with LSU Health Shreveport officials who say they plan to begin rolling out of doses of the smaller vaccine at some point next week.

Dr. John Vanchiere says the goal is to bring the shots directly to schools across north Louisiana. He says he hopes to host these clinics ahead of the upcoming holidays.

“We expect there is going to be a lot of travel this year that didn’t happen last year. Thanksgiving is the time when Americans travel more than any other holiday and that shuffles all our germs around. Flu-induced, RV and all the respiratory germs are going to be shuffled around in the Thanksgiving travel,” said Vanchiere.

The Louisiana Department of Health and other doctors met on Wednesday, Nov. 3 to discuss how the vaccine will roll out across the state. CDC reports say at least 94 children between the age of 5 to 11 age have died, and three of them are from Louisiana.

Children, parents and grandparents said when it comes to kids ages 5 to 11 taking the vaccine, some parents, and even children, say they are on board to roll up their sleeves. For some others, it might take a little more convincing.

“It don’t work and it’s not old enough to give to them. It’s not like it’s for polio or anything like that, that’s been studied for years before they even gave it to society. They just jabbing everybody with it,” said Michell Snead.

“I think it should be a parent’s choice, I think that eventually it would be made mandatory for people in elementary schools,” Diane Brown said.

For 10-year-old Rahim Gordon, he said he will take the vaccine because he fears COVID.

“I had it once and it wasn’t that bad, but it was bad because I had nose bleeds and stuff. That’s why I want to get vaccinated,” he said.

Children remain the largest group of unvaccinated individuals across the U.S.

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