CDC Unanimously Approves The Pfizer Vaccine For Children Ages 5-11

CHARLOTTE, NC. — Having extracurricular activities in person seems like a pipedream to CMS parent Carolyn McGrath and her family. She’s hoping now that her son can get the Pfizer vaccine, his chess club will once again be able to meet in person.

“Just hoping more and more activities that we enjoyed can be available,” McGrath says.

The CDC advisory panel voted Tuesday and unanimously approved the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. McGrath’s eight and 9-year-old children are pre-booked to get the vaccine Friday from StarMed.

“We definitely are on board with getting the vaccine, and I know most of my friends are as well. It’s really exciting and a sigh of relief for parents.”

Tracey Hummell is the Chief Operating Officer for StarMed Healthcare. She says preparation has been underway for weeks to get the vaccine ready for kids. Like clearly labeling the pediatric doses, opening up appointment slots, and additional vaccination sites. She doesn’t expect supply to be an issue.

“We’ve actually set up our sites to allow for different lanes and have different staff focus on administering those pediatric vaccines,” Hummell says.

WCCB reached out to CMS to see how the district plans to handle this change. We have not yet heard back.