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C.O. children could be able to receive COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Tuesday

(Updated: adding video, comments from Mosaic Medical)

C.O. clinics working on options as COVID-19 vaccine for children nears federal approval

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave emergency use authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11, the first vaccine authorized for younger children, based on an advisory committee's recommendation of its safety and effectiveness.

Tamarra Harris, manager of the pediatric program for Mosaic Medical, says everything is already in place to administer vaccines -- now they wait for the green light.

Harris says that could be as soon as Tuesday, with final federal authorization

"We've got them ordered, we've got the schedules blocked, we've got the dates set up," Harris said. "We are just waiting for the 'go.'"

Harris says Mosaic Medical won't be offering vaccines in schools, due to limited staffing.

However, they will have clinics around Central Oregon, with walk-ins and self-scheduling, as well as clinics in their school-based health centers for rural areas.

The Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday that pediatric COVID-19 cases have increased dramatically since July. Out of the children who test positive, it's highest among ages five-11.

Harris says that's part of the reason Mosaic Medical is already prepared, in anticipation of vaccine approval.

"The more vaccines we can get in arms -- including adults -- including youth of all ages, I think it's our ticket out of here and the safer we're going to be, and returning to some sort of normal," she added.

Pfizer says in tests, its vaccine was nearly 91 percent effective at preventing symptomatic illness in children.

Children ages five to 11 will receive a third of a dose, and those vials are already on their way to Central Oregon.

The question now goes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its advisory panel meets next Tuesday to discuss whether to recommend use of the vaccine among children. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky makes the final decision.

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  1. When I was in Oregon Elementary school (early ‘60s) I can remember when it was vaccination time. Mrs. Bauer would line us all up and we would march down to the cafeteria where there were county health department people in white coats with a thing that looked much like a construction nail gun, but with a bottle of vaccine screwed in the top. We all marched by the guy. Next, pop, next, pop, next, pop. In just a few minutes the whole class was done and we lined up and headed back to the classroom. That was a super-efficient way of getting it done, but I suppose with all the whiner and cry baby parents we have now, it couldn’t be done.

    1. Says the same generation that was cool with their kids taking Ritalin. I’m sure your parents called youe generation weak as well. See us millennials not only learn from history, but we vow to not repeat it. Some of us got in the medical field and we know what the covid recipe is and we say no thank you.

      1. Millennials don’t even acknowledge history, you try and change it or get rid of it to suit your narrative, which is entitlement, and being offended by everything.
        Many professionals have already apologized for your generation.
        Your not smart, and you can’t drive, and all you want is a beanbag and check for doing nothing. Your generation is not teachable, you think you know everything, and you really don’t, it’s not your fault, your just dumb.

        1. I think you are confused. Millennials aren’t the only Marxist ideologues. Marxism has been around for a lot longer than you want to believe. There are more generations involved than the Millennials. As for what SanBendcisco stated. He’s a bit confused as well. They want to generalize an entire generation for the crimes of members of that generation. You cannot blame an entire generation for what a small minority of that generation did. Just like you can’t say that the entire generation of millennials is lazy when a minority of them actually do something.

          1. Wow, do you read the comments here? If we strictly enforced “hateful” in our TOS I sadly daresay 2/3 of 3/4 would be gone.
            We’ve gotten much grief and cries of “censorship” since we stepped up to delete “offensive personal attacks,” which indeed is a judgment call.
            For years we said we “err on the side of freedom of speech.” But it’s been abused so much, we had to get somewhat firmer.
            Imagine how many 1,000s of “hateful” comments we’d have to delete about the current and former president. But apparently they’re fair game.

        2. Would you say that to me after I drive a fire engine to your house against traffic in the rain code 3 full lights and sirens to save your life? Better yet could you also say that to my doctor wife whos younger than me after she evaluates you and decided whats best for your health?

          I think its great to learn from the mistakes of the generation before you and also watch closely how the next generation is being taught

        3. Oh, and I’d love to have a beanbag and a check for doing nothing. My kids would turn this livingroom into a gymnasium if we had a huge beanbag. Also I’d have more time with my kids, instead of having to go save peoples lives to make a check.

      2. “No thank you” doesn’t cut it anymore SanBendcisco. You’re not dealing with people who listen. Time to start playing thier game. As for me and mine: we have “quit” a nurses carrier, costing the state tax revenue and a nurse. Drawing unemployment, for a family of dedicated individuals in a blue state with thousands of jobs needing filled. Down to one breadwinner, for now, and this may qualify us for OHP and or foodstamps. We have lived life responsibly, we are capable of weathering this out. But, actions must be taken, if not to send a message, then to use the system that has been abused on our dime for so long. The end of all this will see us (my family) in a red state. Oregon can crumble with the rest of the PNW, I won’t look back except for the occasional “I told ya so.” It takes some individual sacrifice and action, but fate favors the prepared. Start DOING, and let Oregon wallow in the squalor it has made for itself.

      3. More accurate is YOU say no thank you, not millennials. Many medical staff with that same information struggle to understand this logic, since those in the medical field are given many vaccines while still in school. The reason? Because it’s required. Getting the COVID vaccine was also stated in advance, as were the consequences for not getting vaccinated. It’s a personal decision and not from any specific generational group.

        1. Except.. there is NO actual real science with anything covid related right now. You only believe there is science in it. Because bought and paid for CNN Says big words sometimes…

      1. I remember when you could point out that these vaccinations are not immunizations and wallow in the fact that you are 100% correct- around here ? Not any more.

          1. What that definition clearly proves- is that these “vaccines are failing- as they do not provide “immunization” against the virus… no-one is becoming “immune” in accordance with the link term you posted- Yeh- Myths and Facts indeed.

              1. You are partially correct in the use of the word “going” and the improper use of the word hell. In you vernacular, the world has gone to hell. In my vernacular, the world, at least a large portion of it, most certainly will be going to hell.

      2. Archie Bunker was social satire, it was making fun of people who agreed with Archie Bunker. How the he/l do you not get that? Vaccines work, Trump lost and climate change is real. These are facts.

        1. No Big Deal; I’m not sure you know what “fact” means. For example: Nancy Pelosi said, “pass [Obamacare] so that you can find out what’s in it.” Erik Rubin, an FDA adviser, said, “we’re never going to learn about how safe this vaccine is [for children] unless we start giving it.” The FDA has changed the very definition of the word “vaccine.” Republican governed states are leading the U.S. economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic in terms of unemployment rates. These are facts, your examples are highly contested conjecture, with the exception perhaps of Archie Bunker. Really all of this is just shouting into the wind along partisan lines. The proof of true vax believers is now: you line your 5 to 11 year old kids up to get this shot and I’ll believe you. No way in he/l my kids are getting it mind you, but I’ll believe you, and that’s a fact!

      1. The context of your quote is found in the very next sentence: “The CDC, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and other major medical groups, continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for people 12 years and older.” NOT ages 5-11. The article continues: “the risks of being unvaccinated and becoming ill with COVID-19 are far greater than any rare side effects from the vaccines.” Lacking actual data, the article qualifies that statement with: “The CDC has been studying these rare cases (of myocarditis) to see if there is any link to the vaccine. This kind of ongoing monitoring is standard with all new vaccines to make sure they are safe.” Which is a fancy way of saying the CDC doesn’t know yet, but they will know, eventually, after vaccinations have been given. And it appears the CDC is largely alone in questioning this link to myocarditis, as much of the world is now age restricting vaccines to 30 for pfizer and 60 for all other brands because those are the ages when vaccine risk vs benefit starts to make statistical sense.

          1. Guess what they are emergency use (why for children who have a tiny death rate of covid and higher rate of side effects and death from vaccines?)

            Not FDA APPROVED!

        1. IN your link: ” The findings in this report underscore the importance of implementing evidence-based COVID-19 prevention strategies, including vaccination, to reduce the public health impact of COVID-19 and its associated complications.”

          1. Still it says 16X’s more likely to develop myocarditis- and those are the short term preliminary studies. If you told your wife that the teen’s seat belt is 16X’s more likely to fail in that new high fallootin auto- would you still buy it ???

          1. I see you’re back. Figured it had been long enough that people wouldn’t remember the time you accidentally posted on a different account attempting to fan up more trolling?

            Pepperidge Farm remembers.

      2. Barney you’re naive… Myocarditis is happening everywhere in the world because of this job I have a friend here in Bend now has blood clots because of the Frankenjab. Keep drinking the blue Kool aid. Lol

    1. You are absolutely correct- it brings into question the actual validity and importance of any and all research standards required by the FDA- they all seem null and void as they now just bow to the whims of whatever the Demokant party insist on with their unscientific mandates and executive orders- I say break-up the FDA- save millions of our federal funds and forget all about doing actual long term research- this is the Joey Biden we all now live in- ya take your chances- even with your children’s long term health… Gawd save this country !

  2. Our family could care less about what the anti vaxers say about this. We are so excited!!!! This is the best news. There are so many families like our with a child who has a disability or that is medically fragile that is at high risk for a bad outcome with Covid-19. This is life changing for us and these children. Few people can understand what we have done to keep these precious kiddos safe. Could not be more stoked!!!

    1. I am very happy you get to do what you want with your kids. I think everyone should be able to go to their doctor and then decide what they want to do with their children. Don’t you?

  3. So let’s see… we have here a vaccine that will reduce the children’s risk from Covid 19 from “almost zero” to… well, “almost zero”. They used a small study group of children and had no serious illness in either the active group or the control group, and no adverse events that they let us know about (there were a few subjects dropped from the program with no reason given). There will be no study at all of long-term effects because they already terminated the study by vaccinating the control group. But all the scientists paid by Pfizer assure us this is really vital for the good of the community.

    Scientists not paid by Pfizer seem to have some serious reservations about giving this stuff to our children. If I were a parent of a young child I’d be waiting this one out for a while.

    1. “Scientists not paid by Pfizer seem to have some serious reservations” Bingo. Most people do not understand how drugs are approved, authorized, or allowed by the FDA. The company that is promoting the drug pays other companies to test the drugs and provide a “study” to the FDA. The FDA does not test drugs, they only look at the “studies” that the drug company paid to have run. The drug company is legally allowed to run as many studies as they want to pay for and they are legally allowed to stop any study they do not like before it is completed. They are not required to provide any information from any study that is not completed. Legally a drug company can run ten studies and stop nine of them before they are completed. Then the drug company is legally allowed to take the study that is most favorable to them and give that single study to the FDA to obtain approval, EUA, clearance, etc of that drug.
      The drug company is also allowed to shop around for companies they want to pay to run their “study.” So the company testing the drug has a vested interest in providing the most favorable “study” they can to the drug company in order to please the drug company and thereby received more business from the drug company. This system is well known to those in the field. But the vast majority of people are never aware that this system is in place and think that the FDA actually tests drugs for safety and effectiveness. They do not. They simply rubber stamp “studies” that were paid for by the drug company. It is all about the money and has very little to do with safety. I challenge anyone to do some research on this to verify this.

      1. Thank you for putting this out there. Though most won’t believe you, because to believe you makes their blind trust in big pharma seem terrifying.

    Dr. Eric Rubin, editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, and an associate physician specializing in infectious disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, sits on the administration’s vaccine advisory panel.

    Before the panel voted this week to advise the FDA to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 jab for kids 5 to 11, Rubin said, in part: “We’re never going to learn about how safe this vaccine is unless we start giving it. That’s just the way it goes.
    “That is literally the most dangerous statement I’ve ever heard in medicine,” Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.), a doctor, said on NTD’s “Capitol Report.”

      1. Hey Barn, So you and KTVZ basically support our kids being lab rats for this vaccine? Your previous response was weak. How about someone else take the KTVZ wheel and start being part of the solution, NOT THE PROBLEM.. Worst fake news station in Central Oregon by far…

        1. No one else would ever want to deal with commenters here and I can’t blame them. I do share a very occasional opinion, just now on someone calling the town I live in a “cesspool” — but not on COVID-19. I share facts, reputable links and official information, because many want this system either shut down or the unproven or false disinformation on this vital topic has them very upset.

          1. Or we simply don’t approve our children being lab rats!!
            Go ahead and get as many boosters that you feel you need.. We wont stop you.. Just leave innocent kids out of this experiment.. They don’t have a choice and will be the ones to pay the price if they have a bad reaction and die… Even if its rare as you claim since you went to medical school and are expert on all things covid

  5. “The vaccines that we have for children are measles, mumps, rubella, those things that we give kids, we have to have them before they go to school. And I agree with that, that’s fine. But the problem is, those are childhood diseases. COVID is not a childhood disease. It can affect children, but its lethality rate is infinitesimal compared to what it is in adults,” said Murphy, who practices at the Vidant Medical Center, a 1,000-bed level 1 trauma center,

    “I just don’t understand why it’s being pushed on kids so much,” he added, predicting a federal mandate for kids soon just to go to school. “We don’t mandate that kids get the flu vaccine to go to school. We don’t mandate that kids have the HPV vaccine. So I just don’t understand the biology and the virology for this.”

    1. That has been a thing for a long time…decades! If your kid is not fully vaccinated they can’t attend. So yes..without papers kids aren’t allowed to attend. You must not have kids.

  6. Next up kids must have jab to go to school if they don’t get jab they can’t attend school and then they come after the parents for not educating kids. I’m so glad my kids are grown and dislike Dems that are pushing this crap on everyone.

  7. It is hilarious there are still parents who think they have dominion over their own children. Time to move on people. The government owns you and your children. You will comply and obey.

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