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Published on Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Pharmacies prepare to make COVID vaccines available to their communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Pharmacists Association is committed to working with pharmacy teams, public health and other stakeholders following the decision of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  to recommend that children age 5 to 11 be vaccinated against COVID-19. APhA also encourages parents to visit their medical practice for well-child visits and ensure that their children are up to date on all of their recommended vaccinations.

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) yesterday recommended that children age 5 to 11 receive a two-dose primary series of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, separated by 21 days (3 weeks). This recommendation was subsequently accepted by the Director of the CDC and follows the emergency use authorization issued by the  Food and Drug Administration on October 29. The vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 through 11, and produced an immune response comparable to those if individuals 16 through 25 years of age.

From the very beginning of this outbreak, pharmacists, pharmacy interns and pharmacy technicians have been heroic in their work, serving the needs of their communities and their patients despite unprecedented challenges. It is critical that both the public and private sectors devote the resources necessary to adequately and safely staff this enhanced campaign – the health of America depends on it. Collectively, pharmacy teams, medical practices and clinics, and other community-based providers are committed to addressing the health of the individuals and communities they serve.

About the American Pharmacists Association

The American Pharmacists Association is the only organization advancing the entire pharmacy profession. Our expert staff, and strong volunteer leadership, including many experienced pharmacists, allow us to deliver vital leadership to help pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians find success and satisfaction in their work, while advocating for changes that benefit them, their patients and their communities. For more information, please visit www.pharmacist.com.

 

CONTACT: Frank Fortin

202.223.7189; ffortin@aphanet.org

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