Dayton Children’s expert to answer parents’ questions about COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccines likely to be authorized for children 5-11 next week

Ahead of the coronavirus vaccine’s likely authorization for young children next week, Dayton Children’s Hospital will host two virtual events where parents will be able to ask the hospital’s chief medical officer about the shot.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended that children ages 5 to 11 years old should receive the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory group will meet Tuesday, Nov. 2, to make its own recommendation.

Details are still being worked out on where the coronavirus vaccine will be offered locally for children ages 5 to 11 once its approved. The Dayton Daily News will bring you that information as it becomes available.

Dr. Adam Mezoff, chief medical officer at Dayton Children’s, will host two virtual information sessions on how COVID-19 impacts children and the research on Pfizer’s vaccine in children ages 5 to 11. Parents will be able to ask Mezoff questions using the chats function or by submitting questions ahead of time.

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The events will be held live on Thursday, Oct. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. and on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Both sessions will be recorded and made available on Dayton Children’s YouTube channel.

Premier Health, Kettering Health and Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County said they will not administer the vaccine to children under 12 in mass clinics like they have for adults, but have offered to support Dayton Children’s, which is taking the lead on distributing vaccines to the age group locally. Public Health will administer the vaccine to young kids by appointment only at its immunization clinic in the Reibold Building.

Coronavirus by the numbers

Wednesday marked Ohio’s fifth day in a row reporting fewer than 4,000 daily COVID-19 cases, with 3,839 cases recorded in the last day, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

There were 2,444 COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Wednesday in Ohio, including 711 in ICUs and 451 on ventilators.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 55% of Ohioans and 64.5% of eligible Ohioans who are 12 years or older have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Area health leaders say many parents are eager for the vaccine to be approved for younger kids but it’s difficult to predict how many will get their children vaccinated. Teens have been less likely than adults to have gotten the vaccine, and younger kids may go the same way.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 43% of Ohioans 12 to 17 years of age have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. By county the uptake for that age group is:

- Greene County: 47.2%

- Miami County: 26.5%

- Montgomery County: 42.5%

- Warren County: 55.7%