New Mexico prepares to introduce Pfizer vaccine for youngsters ages 5-11

According to the NMDOH, there are more than 188,000 new Mexicans who would be eligible.

“We will actually be able to have enough doses available for every eligible child in the state on time or within days of approval,” said David Morgan, NMDOH spokesman.

Morgan said it could be next week.

“I think it’s really about getting vaccines up and running the fastest,” said Morgan. “The fastest way to do that. It’s the Ministry of Health that vaccinates, it’s pharmacies, it’s your family doctor, it’s wherever the vaccine is already available. “

Dr. Alex Cvijanovich, president of the New Mexico Pediatric Society, answered a few questions about the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday.

“We had a sample size of millions and millions, hundreds of millions of people who have proven that the Pfizer vaccine is safe, even at high doses,” said Dr. Cvijanovich. “High compared to the dose we’re looking for for this age group.”

A study of around 2,200 children aged 5 to 11 found the vaccine to be more than 90% effective. Dr. Cvijanovich said the Pfizer dose for younger children is a third of the adult dose, but still a series of two doses.

“There are actually fewer side effects because it’s a smaller dose,” she said. “And this age group, the age group from 5 to 11 years, has a really robust immune system. They respond very well to vaccines. “

Dr. Cvijanovich said that despite their robust immune systems, these younger children still need the vaccine.

“The problem is that we don’t yet know exactly which child will really get sick,” said the unlucky one, who is fighting for his life in the hospital because of COVID. There is also the long distance syndrome that we see in the pediatric population getting COVID. “

Dr. Cvijanovich said children are good vectors of this virus and the vaccine could even help prevent the virus in younger siblings who are not yet eligible.

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