9NEWS hosting town hall on COVID vaccines for children

COVID vaccines for children Colorado health leaders will answer your questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 during a town hall being hosted on 9NEWS at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Town hall to address COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11

9NEWS will air the town hall on TV and also livestream in the video player above, on 9NEWS streaming devices including Roku and Amazon Fire TV, on the 9NEWS YouTube channel and on the 9NEWS app.

Viewers can watch the town hall in its entirety after it’s over on 9NEWS streaming devices and the other locations listed above.

Any questions related to vaccinations for children can text to 303-871-1491, which will answer by the following guests:

Dr. Eric French – chief medical officer for Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
Edwin Asturias, MD – pediatric infectious disease expert and chair of Community Pediatrics for Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Brandi Freeman, MD –

Child Health Clinic pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
There will be at least one question answered in Spanish during the 4:30 p.m. portion of the town hall, and additional questions answer in Spanish starting at 5 p.m. as the town hall continues online. Again, if you’re not watching on TV, that can be seen in the video player above. On 9NEWS streaming devices including Roku and Amazon Fire TV, on the 9NEWS YouTube channel and on the 9NEWS app.

RELATED: CDC panel OK’s COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5-11 COVID vaccines for children

U.S. health officials on Tuesday gave the final signoff to Pfizer’s kid-size COVID-19 shot.

The Food and Drug Administration already authorized the shots for children ages 5 to 11 — doses just a third of the amount given to teens and adults. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends who should receive FDA-cleared vaccines.

The announcement by CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky came only hours after an advisory panel unanimously decided Pfizer’s shots should be opened to the 28 million youngsters in that age group.

Now, Colorado is working on partnerships to get kids the COVID-19 and flu vaccines,

and are planning out more than 100 mobile clinics and events across the state at places you’d expect to see kids.

The state says there 479,895 kids in the 5-11 age group, and they’re hoping to get 50% of them vaccinate in 12 weeks.

Pfizer’s kid shots contain a third of the vaccine dose that’s already use to vaccinate millions of people 12 and older. The 5- to 11-year-olds will receive two shots, three weeks apart, the same schedule as everyone else — but a smaller amount in each shot, using a smaller needle. RELATED: Hospitals prepare to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to kids ages 5-11, once CDC gives final sign-off

The Associated Press contributed to this report COVID vaccines for children.

RELATED: Colorado has 5th highest COVID-19 rate in the country

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RELATED: Hospitals prepare to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to kids ages 5-11, once CDC gives final sign-off

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