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OC Health Care Agency monitors status of vaccine eligibility for children ages 5-11

To prepare for the next phase of vaccination distribution, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) continues to monitor activity by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for children ages 5-11.

Earlier this week, an advisory panel at the FDA convened a meeting to discuss information and data that may support the administration of the Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. The CDC’s ACIP will be meeting November 2-3 to conduct the review.

“The HCA is required, along with other COVID-19 vaccine providers, to administer vaccines in accordance with all program requirements and recommendations,” says Dr. Clayton Chau, HCA Agency Director and County Health Officer. “Similar to the actions taken for the recent authorization of booster doses, we ask for the public’s patience as we await further direction on vaccine eligibility for children 5-11 from the FDA, CDC, Western States (California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) Scientific Safety Review Workgroup and CDPH.”

The illustration below shows the process by which the COVID vaccines are authorized:

FDA Advisory Panel reviews & recommends CDC’s ACIP reviews & recommends FDA issues Emergency Authorization Use (EUA) Western States Workgroup & CDPH reviews & recommends Providers begin adminstering vaccines based on new guidance

Vaccines continue to be widely available throughout Orange County for walk-in, same day and future appointments. Individuals who are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, anyone eligible to receive a booster dose and those eligible for a third dose (immunocompromise conditions) are encouraged to visit a local pharmacy or healthcare provider, or go online to Vaccines.gov, MyTurn.ca.gov or Othena.com, to schedule a vaccination appointment. HCA vaccine clinics are continuing to deliver vaccines to the most vulnerable population and hard-to-reach communities in Orange County.

For more information on available vaccine distribution channels in Orange County, please visit COVIDVaccineFacts.com and click on “Find a COVID-19 Vaccine”.

This article was released by the Orange County Health Care Agency.