Local child care leaders preparing for vaccinations for 5 to 11-year-olds

The FDA voted to recommend Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccinations for children as young as five Tuesday evening.

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Local leaders in child care, like Dayton Children’s Hospital, are preparing to serve families that are ready for their kids to be immunized.

News Center 7′s Mike Campbell spoke with doctors and parents about their approach to the next big step.

The next step in the national vaccination process is eligibility for children ages 5 to 11 and workers here at Children’s hospital are making preparations for that to take place.

“First and foremost, we want to get good information out so people can make an informed choice,” said Dr. Adam Mezoff, , Chief Medical Officer of Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Mezoff says they believe every family, every parent needs to feel comfortable about their vaccination decision.

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“It’s a big job to be responsible for your child’s health and I think people take that seriously and I applaud them for that,” Mezoff said.

Some parents say the protests they’ve seen over forced vaccine mandates are playing a role in their decision. That includes a Dayton mother of a five-year old boy who told News Center 7 she didn’t want to be identified because of fear over the response to her choices.

“If medical workers wont take it, its obviously for a reason, they’re going to lose their jobs over it, I don’t think its safe enough to give to my son,” the mother said.

The mother said she is not anti-vaccine and reserves the right to change her mind.

Mezoff told News Center 7 they are treating almost a dozen kids for COVID right now at the Hospital.

“About a third of the children who end up in the hospital, end up in the ICU, it can severely impact children, more than people know,” Mezoff said.

He is thankful that numbers for deaths are much lower in children than adults, but said it’s still in the Top 10 of causes for death in children ages 5-11, so they are taking it very seriously.

Mezoff says its why the hospital is planning regular vaccination clinics and putting out printed and social media information about the benefits of the vaccine versus the threat of the virus.

“We’re excited for the chance to protect those kids between 5 and 11 whose families want them protected,” Mezoff said.

As all the preparations are being made, the doctor told me all the approvals may happen by the end of next week and their clinics could start the week after that.

Dayton Children’s is planning after school vaccine clinics for children ages 5 to 11 at their main campus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, once the final approval is granted by the CDC.

They will have clinics at their South location on Tuesday’s and Thursdays after school.

Doctors there plan to hold informational on line chats for parents on October 26 and November 3rd.