1.2 million doses of the COVID Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 5-11 are on their way to California.
Health & Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly says they are preparing for the vaccine to be authorized to use on kids that young. The CDC says COVID is the 8th leading killer among children. The vote was the first step in a regulatory process for the two-shot Pfizer vaccine that could allow kids to get their first shots in early November and become fully immunized by early December. Next, leaders of the FDA have the chance to officially sign off, potentially as soon as Tuesday night. If and when that happens, the White House will begin shipping doses, senior officials told governors on a call Tuesday afternoon that was obtained by ABC News.
"If all goes well, and we get the regulatory approval, and the recommendations from the CDC, it's entirely possible, if not, very likely, that vaccines will be available for children from 5 to 11 within the first week or two of November," Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser for the White House, said in an interview on Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
For kids, the vaccine will be given at a smaller, one-third dose.