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Pediatric offices prepare for CDC decision on child COVID vaccination

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KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A plan to vaccinate younger children against COVID-19 is moving toward becoming a reality. A CDC advisory panel voted Tuesday to recommend all children ages 5 to 11 should get the vaccine.

The CDC Director is poised to authorize doses for 5 to 11-year-olds. Before that even happens, a local pediatric facility is preparing to administer those shots.

“CDC, they sent everything you need,” Amy McGlynn says.

PAK Pediatrics Clinical Manager Amy McGlynn, R.N., takes stock of a new shipment from the centers for disease control and prevention. It contains syringes, alcohol swabs, gloves, and boxes of Pfizer Vaccine intended for children ages 5 to 11-years-old.

Mcglynn is no stranger to vaccinating kids against COVID.

“We went around and did the first age group that was approved for 12 and over to all the local schools,” McGlynn said.

But soon, it’s expected to include that 5 to 11-year-old demographic, one that accounts for 28 million children in the U.S.

The dosage is one-third of an adult’s and the shots are given three weeks apart.

“The studies that have been done so far show that there are less side effects actually in that age group with still a robust immune response,” explained Dr. Jeffery Kile, Pediatrician, PAK Pediatrics.

Confident in the science and waiting for the CDC green light, PAK Pediatrics is ready to vaccinate some of the youngest school-aged children in the community.

“We are now working to get a mass clinic that’s already pre-scheduled. People are already scheduling for this weekend actually,” McGlynn said.

This pediatric practice believes getting those shots into young arms will not only keep young children healthy and in school, but also provide protection that goes beyond the classroom.

“For society, we need to get everyone vaccinated so we can defeat this virus because there are people unfortunately that can’t get vaccinated and we have to protect them,” said Dr. Kile.

“I’ve gotten both my older children vaccinated and I will definitely get Easton vaccinated as well.” Her youngest child is six-years-old.

The mass clinic in the works will be held at Wyoming Valley West Middle School in Kingston. They have thousands of doses ready to go both Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

PAK has received a shipment of low-dose vaccines for the younger demographic and is already planning a mass vaccine clinic this weekend. Some 28 million children in the U.S. fall into the 5 to 11-year-old category.

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