Updated as of Aug. 30, 2021
- The state of our community: On Aug. 19, 2021, our chief medical officer, Jim Fortenberry, MD, joined other metro Atlanta health system professionals in a press conference to share the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic, including current data and the impact on our pediatric community.
- FDA approval: On Aug. 23, 2021, the FDA granted full approval for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
- Vaccines for children: Clinical trials are currently being conducted for children ages 6 months to 11 years. While we do not have a timeframe at this time, we are hopeful that vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 will be authorized soon.
- Booster shots: Pending FDA authorization and recommendation by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the goal is for individuals to begin receiving COVID-19 booster shots this fall. Individuals would be eligible for the booster starting 8 months after they received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
Q&A with Drs. Andi Shane and Evan Anderson
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Emory and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta pediatric infectious diseases experts Andi Shane, MD, and Evan Anderson, MD, provide the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines for children, hosted by public health expert Dr. Jodie Guest.
Visit the Georgia Department of Public Health's vaccine finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.
Reminder: For individuals ages 12 through 17 who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for these ages. Before scheduling an appointment, make sure the location you choose offers the Pfizer vaccine.
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The current Georgia COVID-19 vaccine eligibility includes all individuals ages 12 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine currently approved for children ages 12 through 17.
At Children’s, we are committed to the health and safety of our patients, their families and our staff. We know that you have many questions about the COVID-19 vaccines and when they will be available to children. Clinical trials are currently underway for children ages 6 months to 11 years. We are hopeful that vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 will be authorized soon.