Children's Pfizer Vaccinations Available Today

To the Case Western Reserve Community:

Now that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky has endorsed giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines to children, we are pleased to announce that university staff will administer doses on campus from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 3).

Faculty, staff and students can schedule appointments online (check email for link) for their children ages 5 to 11. Today's vaccination location is Ballroom B of the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Please note: No vaccinations will be administered without an appointment.

We will announce additional sessions for children’s vaccinations as soon as details are finalized.

Walensky authorized administration of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children last night after a team of expert advisers voted 14-0 yesterday afternoon to recommend its use. Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners all spoke in favor of approval during the meeting.

Pfizer’s vaccine doses for children are one-third the amount given to adults. Full vaccination still requires two doses, given three weeks apart. Data from roughly 3,000 children who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children indicated that side effects, including fever, were far less frequent than in teenagers and young adults. In addition, the vaccine was found 90.7 percent effective in preventing infection in children ages 5 to 11.

Last Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children, paving the way for the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to make its recommendation at the end of its nearly six-hour meeting Tuesday.

Again, please complete the online form (link in email) to schedule vaccination appointments for this afternoon.

Sara Lee, MD
Executive Director, University Health and Counseling Services

Megan Koeth
Executive Director, Office of Resiliency