DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Monday marked the first day people ages 16 and up could get the vaccination.
But one question that could be on parents minds is when can younger kids get vaccinated?
Phase 1a of vaccine distribution included healthcare and long-term care workers. Phase 1b of vaccinations included first responders, elderly, individuals with a high exposure risk.
Phase 1c included high-risk patients, critical workforce employees and 55 years old and older. Now that we’re in Phase 2, some medical officials say the younger population is getting closer to being vaccinated.
“Vaccine distribution in the state has been aimed at the most susceptible of the population,” said Jeff Tamburin Medical Director at Dothan Pediatric. “That’s why we started with first responders, medical personnel, elderly. And we’ve moved it down as time has passed.”
There may be relief in the form of vaccination for younger people soon as the Pfizer vaccine is being tested for people as young as 12 years old.
Even though vaccine distribution has been expanded to include people ages 16 or older, it could still be some time before the younger population is able to receive vaccinations.
“It is an unknown right now to is they are going to get that emergency use for 12 and older,” Tamburin said. “It will be hard to say when that might be done, but as soon as they get it, it’s just a matter of getting those needles into arms. Hopefully by the fall we should be starting vaccinating some of our younger population.”
There is no exact date as to when the Pfizer vaccine will be approved or denied, but according to Tamburin, it could be in as little as a few months.