COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children ages 5-11, says the Ann Arbor school principal

ANN ARBOR, MI – Vaccination clinics for students ages 5-11 could begin as early as the week of November 15 in Ann Arbor public school buildings, Superintendent Jeanice Swift said.

Swift updated the district’s planning process on Tuesday, Nov. 2, after meeting with representatives from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Huron and Pioneer high schools are slated to host clinics after visits with MDHHS, Swift said.

“This pediatric vaccination campaign, hosted at AAPS, is very similar to the adolescent vaccination events last spring,” said Swift. “We will be releasing more detailed information in the coming days so that parents and families in our ward have the vital information they need to plan the opportunities ahead.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 emergency vaccine in children ages 5-11. A vote by independent advisors from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected on Nov. 2 on whether to recommend the vaccine for children aged 5-11.

Until this approval and final approval by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky would make the vaccine immediately available to children in this age group.

The Washtenaw County Department of Health is working with MDHHS to help the county public school districts coordinate with a provider to distribute vaccines to eligible students, said Department of Health spokeswoman Susan Ringler-Cerniglia.

Until the vaccine has passed all approval levels, however, the health department cannot plan official vaccination clinics for children aged 5 to 11, Ringler-Cerniglia said.

As soon as these CDC recommendations have been finalized, we will turn them into so-called standing orders, ”said Ringler-Cerniglia. “Then we can offer the vaccine, but we really have to wait for that process to be established, which should be this week. We have tried to match our schools with a provider who can work with them when, where and how much (of the vaccine they need).

The health department also anticipates providers can work with schools to help children get the vaccine at participating pharmacies, Ringler-Cerniglia said.

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