CDC advisers vote to recommend Pfizer/BioNTech #covid19 vaccine for kids 5-11 under Emergency Use Authorization:
— Meg Tirrell (@megtirrell) November 2, 2021
And as of 3 minutes ago, my 9 year old is leaning towards cookies for vaccines.
West of the Rockies
Excellent! Maybe another 5 million people will be vaccinated, making the unvaxxed look that much more ridiculous and selfish.
Awesome! Finally some relief for parents.
Gin & Tonic
Well, I know of at least one 6-year-old who will get the shot at the first opportunity. 4,999,999 to go.
In other vaccine news, this is reportedly Russians queueing for the Pfizer in Zagreb (that’s the capital of Croatia.) Click through for the pics.
Now we just need the CDC director to sign off and we’re good to go!
Hopefully she doesn’t take too long.
@Old School: I see a “My Kid Got the Shot!” post coming up once this goes live.
edit: The Kids Got the Shot!
This place? More like “My grandkid got the shot!”
My pediatrician sent out an email yesterday to sign up for appointments (they were assuming approval was coming) and I got one for Friday evening for my kid. I felt lucky, as they sent out a second email less than 24 hours later letting families know all the slots were taken.
I listened to most of the presentation today and it was particularly nice to hear that side effects were much milder for kids than adults; most kids may not have much more than a sore arm. And that there’s no reason to space out the flu shot (or any other shot) from the vaccine.
For those of us on the West Coast, figure one additional day of delay. LA Times:
(last year, there was a worry that Trump would lean on the FDA etc. to get a vaccine approved before the election…)
The Moar You Know
I’m sure my sister already has an appointment queued up for her kids tomorrow . She’s been desperate to get them vaxxed.
@The Moar You Know: I haven’t asked, but I’m quite sure that the same is true for my brother and SIL. They would very much like to visit her family in Europe, but really don’t want to travel overseas until the kids have had their shots.
Got an appointment for my younger kid for Saturday afternoon. Can’t wait.
Except for the pharmacies under the federal program. They will be able to start taking appointments as soon as the CDC director gives the final okay.
For the Moderna booster, the pharmacies under the federal program started taking appointments on Friday and the counties and medical clinics under the state program started taking appointments on the following Monday.
@germy: Perhaps the more generic “The Kids Got the Shot!” ?
Called my kiddo’s pediatrician today and was told they would be sending out an email with instructions soon. Taking her in for the flu shot this week. She turns 5 on thanksgiving, so hopefully by then I’ll have a shot lined up with her name on it.
I know an 11 year old and an 8 year old raring to go along with their relieved parents. Plus happy thoughts here at oldie central
@WaterGirl: “Honey, I Shot The Kids!”
@mali muso: I can only imagine the relief of getting your kids vaccinated. Or grandkids.
I will very happily participate in MY KID GOT THE SHOT and I GOT THE BOOSTER!
My and SuzMom’s boosters are scheduled for Saturdayyyyyy!!!!
Probably because the kid dose got adjusted down so far–this is what months more experience gets you. I’ve wondered occasionally if teenagers should be getting a lower dose as well.
Thank God. We had already cancelled Thanksgiving since it’s so close that shots won’t have had time to kick in yet, but maybe Christmas/New Years will be safer now.
@WaterGirl: How is it not “The Kids Are All Right (in 6 weeks)”? :)
I like the idea of “I shot the kid”, though. Kudos to Yutsano.
@sab: We’re still figuring this out. Our kids will be at ~3 weeks vaccinated before Thanksgiving, and it would basically be my family (we’re very careful), my parents (they’re careful) and my brother’s family (pretty careful).
We might just have Grandma and Grandpa come over but not do a full dinner with everyone.
@Suzanne: Very glad you and SuzMom are getting the booster.
Be forewarned: it may pack way more of a wallop than the initial two shots. Got my Pfizer booster (and a flu shot in the other arm) Friday night; very sore arm (unlike before) and some body aches that night. Saturday was fairly normal. (I went out canvassing.)
And Sunday: so fatigued I could barely get out of bed. Overtired all day, and a lot of Monday, and then back to being fine. (And triple-vaccinated!)
A friend reports he had the same fatigue.
So: plan accordingly, although getting the booster rocks! Proud of us jackals.
Gin & Tonic
@Elizabelle: My dear wife and I also got our Pfizer booster and our annual flu shot the same day. The next day was pretty much useless.
@Gin & Tonic: Never useless. Tres fatigued, dude! Good to hear you and Mrs. are all set.
@Elizabelle: My booster didn’t feel like too much EXCEPT that I guess I had a sinus infection going on that I didn’t know about and my immune system figured now that it was awake and working, it might as well see what else it could take care of. The area under my left eye was so swollen the day after my booster I looked like I’d been punched. So I spent the day on the couch anyway because I felt so self-conscious. :( But the swelling went down in a couple of days and the arm, while sore, was nothing like the first shot.