CDC, Walensky, Pfizer discussed on Morning Edition

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It done Not immediately A pharmacies won't just take the adult vaccine and give it to kids Pfizer has made a new product which is one third the dose enough to be effective but also chosen to minimize side effects The kids vaccine will come in different packaging and orange vials so as not to be confused with the adult version And these will need to be distributed out of pharmacies will offer it as will many pediatricians in their offices I spoke to pediatrician Lee savio beer She's president of the American academy of pediatrics She points out that the CDC will weigh in with recommendations too It does appear that there is plenty of vaccine supply available but I think also for parents to know that it won't be an instantaneous as soon as the vaccine is recommended by the CDC it may be a day or two or three before everything is really fully up and running The same goes for other locations that will offer vaccines to kids including pharmacies So if authorized early November is likely when 5 to 11 year olds can begin to be vaccinated Early November okay In the meantime millions of adults are eligible for booster shots and a lot of people are asking whether they need to get the same brand of booster shot as they got when they took the vaccine initially What's the decision there People do not need to be boost it with the same vaccine they receive for the first two doses It's possible for people who got the J&J vaccine to be boosted with one of the two mRNA vaccines There's some data to suggest to suggest that the mix and match approach with J&J can kind of boost antibodies to a greater extent But the message coming from lots of experts I talked to following this closely is that all of the vaccines are effective So mix and match could be more about convenience You know if you go to the pharmacy and they have only Pfizer or only Moderna you can get the one they have CDC director Rochelle Walensky said Friday that the agency will not weigh in with specific advice on which one to pick We will not articulate a preference My understanding is that most people will have done largely well with the initial vaccine that they got There may be some people who might prefer another vaccine over the one that they received and the current CDC recommendations now make that possible To the extent there are some differences of opinion among doctors It's because the science doesn't really clearly point to an optimal choice Doctor walensky stressed that all the vaccines are effective All of them are effective but if a person decides they want a particular brand will the pharmacy give them what they want You know it may vary a CVS spokesperson told me if you want to specify you should schedule in advance to assure it's available CVS says at this time participating pharmacies offer either Pfizer or Moderna depending on the location not both so best to inquire before if you have a preference You know this was one justification for the mix and match authorization not so much to suggest that one vaccine is better than the other but just to make it more convenient If you show up at the pharmacy for a booster you can receive whichever brand is available Okay so it makes the logistics a little bit easier Maybe even a lot easier Absolutely What about booster shots So older people and people with certain conditions are eligible at this point Is that going to expand to include more people anytime soon It is possible doctor walensky said they are actively looking at whether immunity is trailing off in other age groups It's been reported that the FDA is actively looking at whether people 40 in app should be eligible for a booster doctor walensky spoke at a White House briefing on Friday about this We are following the data in real time and we are looking at its ongoing efficacy as well as its potential for waning in our other age groups And we will update our recommendations as soon as we have more data It could be that after the agencies get through the process of determining authorization and recommendations for younger children they could look at boosters for these other age groups Okay so Sunday is Halloween and then after that we are pretty much headed full on into Thanksgiving Christmas new year's the holiday season right What's the saying about the holidays this year Well beginning with Halloween it is not lost on doctor walensky that kids absolutely love this holiday I would say put on those costumes stay outside and enjoy your trick or treating So good for kids to mask up if they're indoors with a crowd most kids are used to this by now As for Thanksgiving and beyond with so many people eager to celebrate with friends and family she says the more people who are vaccinated in your group the safer the gathering will be as of now about 78% of people 12 and up in the U.S. have had at least one shot And Pierre's Ellison Aubrey thanks Allison Thank.

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