McKee previews vaccinations for 5-11 age group once approved

"Our team is prepared, and our systems and infrastructure are ready once this vaccine gets authorization at the federal level.”

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Governor Dan McKee anounced his plan on vaccination children ages 5-11.

The FDA is scheduled to meet to discuss Pfizer’s vaccine for children on October 26. If given the OK, approval could come as soon as November.

“Vaccinating children 5 to 11 years old will be another important step in Rhode Island’s recovery. It will help protect kids, and help ensure that our students are where they belong – in the classroom, learning,” said McKee. “Rhode Island continues to lead the nation in vaccinations and we look forward to maintaining that momentum with this new age group. Our team is prepared, and our systems and infrastructure are ready once this vaccine gets authorization at the federal level.”

The governor held his weekly COVID-19 a press briefing at the Providence Children’s Museum at 2 p.m.

McKee will be working with RIDOH, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, and the American Academy of Pediatrics to preview the plan.

Thursday’s press conference comes a week after Pfizer requested authorization from the FDA for the use of its vaccine in children ages 5-11.

Additionally, Doctor Nicole Alexander-Scott with the Department of Health said 95% of Rhode Island’s healthcare workers are vaccinated.

Governor McKee also announced Cranston’s Sockanossett Field Hospital will close.

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