Mayo Clinic Health System ready to vaccinate younger population once given FDA approval

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- Pfizer says that its COVID-19 vaccine works for Children ages 5-11.

It plans to seek authorization from the FDA for this age group in the United Sates, Britain, and Europe in the next few weeks.

Pfizer studied a lower dose of its two dose vaccine on more than 22-hundred kindergartners and elementary school-aged kids.

In La Crosse, doctors at Mayo Clinic Health System say when the vaccine gets an emergency use authorization, they’ll be ready to help families looking to vaccinate their kids.

“Now once the vaccine gets EUA from the FDA Mayo Clinic will still have to go through their local immunization board for approval, but at that point, parents and guardians can start self scheduling the vaccine, get a notification on the portal, they can call their provider,” says Dr. Joseph Poterucha.

The FDA has already granted emergency use authorization for children 12 and up.