New Jersey stands ready to vaccinate children if Pfizer COVID-19 shot is approved for emergency use

The state is preparing its Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine supply and vaccination sites for children aged 5-11 ahead of the anticipated emergency use approval.

News 12 Staff

Nov 1, 2021, 9:52 PM

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The state is preparing its Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine supply and vaccination sites for children aged 5-11 ahead of the anticipated emergency use approval.
Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said at Monday’s coronavirus briefing that her department has ordered more than 200,000 doses for more than 200 sites around the state. She says that the vaccine is safe and 90.7% effective in combating COVID-19 in children.
“There’s a good possibility that the CDC – what we’re saying lately – will turn that around and we could know by [Tuesday] morning that we can start. And if that’s the case, we’re willing to start first thing Wednesday morning,” she said.
Gov. Phil Murphy reiterated that the vaccine is safe and that parents should strongly consider getting their children vaccinated.
“[My wife] and I have spoken about it. If our kids were still of that age range, we would absolutely get them vaccinated. Unquestionably,” he said.
The Pfizer vaccine contains a dose one-third of that used in the vaccine to inoculate people 12 years old and older.


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