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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Commissioners Statement On The Vaccine Recommendation

Children between the ages of 5 and 11 in New Jersey are now eligible to get the Pfizer-Biotech COVID-19 vaccination, which became available immediately.

To protect themselves against COVID-19, the Department of Health recommends that everyone aged 5 and older get a vaccination as soon as possible.

Commissioners Statement On The Vaccine Recommendation

The recommendation made yesterday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to allow the administration of the Pfizer vaccine to children aged 5 to 11 years is a critical step forward in ensuring that the most significant number of individuals likely are protected against COVID-19. This is also aimed to reduce the spread of the virus among children.

CDC and Food Drug Administration (FDA) advisory groups all reviewed the proposal before making their recommendation.

Commissioners Statement On The Vaccine Recommendation

This vaccine is delivered in a two-dose main series that is three weeks apart. It is a lower dose than the amount recommended for persons aged 12 and older. 

In clinical studies conducted by the FDA, it was shown that the vaccination is both safe and efficient in preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5 to 11.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated in their statement, COVID-19 vaccinations have undergone – and will continue to experience – the most comprehensive safety monitoring ever conducted in the United States.

 According to a statement issued by Jeanne Craft, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics branch in New Jersey. Thousands of more children in New Jersey will now benefit from the same protection that older children and adults have had.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 instances in children may result in hospitalizations, fatalities, multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, and long-term consequences. 

Vaccinating children allows them to stay in school longer and return more securely to sports, clubs, and other social activities critical to a child’s healthy development, as they grow older. 

The immunization of children also aids in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 across the community. Children will also have the freedom to play and associate with other children without any fear.

In the state of New Jersey, there are around 760,000 children in this age bracket. Protecting them by vaccination contributes to the overall protection of the population. The state has begun to receive approximately 203,800 doses of pediatric vaccination, according to the CDC. Too far, more than 230 locations have received the doses.

 These include primary care clinics, independent and chain pharmacies, county and municipal sites, federally designated health centers, acute care hospitals, urgent care, university sites, and a large facility in Gloucester County. The state anticipates that the federal government will continue to send goods every week.

Officials from the Department of Health contracted with vaccination providers this morning and permitted them to administer the pediatric vaccine immediately.

Meanwhile, the Department will continue to vaccinate as many people as possible, mainly children aged 5 to 11, and advise individuals to receive their second dose to guarantee maximum protection. Given the increased number of illnesses and fatalities, the Department urgently advises all eligible individuals to begin immunization as soon as feasible.

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