Rochester-area pediatricians plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

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13WHAM-TV 11 October, 2021 - 03:53pm

The youngest of four, he's nine and not yet eligible to get a COVID-19 shot.

Glegorn is eager for his son to become vaccinated.

The Pfizer COVID vaccine for children under 12 could be approved by the end of the month. Pediatricians are already discussing how they can give the shot in their office.

Brighton pediatrician Dr. Edward Lewis says the families of many of his young patients are eager to get the vaccine.

First, the FDA has to approve emergency use authorization of the Pfizer COVID shot for children 5 to 11.

Then, it would be up to individual counties to distribute the vaccines. Dr. Lewis expects local pediatric offices will be allowed to offer the shots.

"I think the younger kids - they are going to be more comfortable coming to our office," Dr. Lewis said.

His office has been swamped recently with COVID testing and believes more COVID vaccination sites will need to open to meet the demand once the rollout begins.

:Our capacity to give vaccines on any given day is limited by space and time so we’re not going to be able to give as many vaccine doses as the dome or fleet center. But wherever you go, the kids will be monitored, will be safe, and they will be well taken care of."

But not all their parents want their children to receive the vaccine.

"She doesn’t play with shots," Priscilla Key said of her five-year-old. "Even if I tell we’re going to the doctor, she has a whole fit."

Key says she does not have plans to have her doctor get the COVID vaccine.

Pfizer says the younger age group should only get a third of the regular dose.

An FDA expert panel is scheduled to hear presentations on the vaccine's safety and efficacy in two weeks.

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