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Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 years old. As of Thursday, Hoosiers 5 and older can register for the COVID-19 vaccine at OurShot.IN.gov.
Kids 12 and up have been eligible for the Pfizer vaccine since May, but the new age group could drastically improve transmission over the holiday season and into the spring semester.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said in a statement the rollout of vaccines to Hoosiers 5 and older is “a game changer” in keeping “children healthy and in school for in-person learning.”
The vaccine dose for those 11 and under is a third of the amount given to teens and adults. Like adults, kids will get two shots, three weeks apart. The smaller dose option for younger children still provides more than 90 percent efficacy.
However, some parents are hesitant to get their children vaccinated despite pediatrician recommendations.
This week on Noon Edition, we’ll talk about COVID-19 vaccines for kids and what it could mean moving forward in the pandemic.
Note-This week, our guests and hosts will participate remotely to avoid risk of spreading infection.
Katharine Head- IUPUI associate professor of communications
Dr. Tom Hrisomalos- IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians provider, specializing in infectious disease
Graham McKeen- Assistant University Director of Public and Environmental Health at Indiana University
Amy Meek- RN program manager at IU Health