Massachusetts lawmakers will hear testimony from a listing of well being consultants on Monday on COVID-19 vaccinations for youngsters.
At present, solely the Pfizer vaccine is allowed for youngsters from ages 12 to 18 and there’s no COVID vaccine approved for youngsters underneath 12, though trials are underway. Emergency authorization for COVID vaccines in kids underneath 12 might are available early to midwinter, a Food and Drug Administration official said.
The Joint Committee on Public Well being and Joint Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Administration will maintain the oversight listening to on the Museum of Science starting at 11 a.m. Monday. Solely invited friends are allowed to attend in individual, however the hearing will be streamed online.
The State Home Information Service reviews that the Division of Elementary and Secondary Schooling declined to take part within the oversight listening to.
Amongst these collaborating within the listening to embody Well being and Human Companies Secretary Marylou Sudders, Appearing Public Well being Commissioner Margret Cooke, Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness within the Division of Emergency Drugs at Massachusetts Common Hospital Dr. Paul Biddinger, Boston College College of Drugs affiliate professor Dr. Benjamin Linas, and Massachusetts Medical Society President Dr. Carole Allen.
Representatives from Moderna and Pfizer are additionally anticipated to testify.
Cases of COVID continue to rise throughout the state even because the state’s vaccination ranges stay excessive. A lot of the circumstances have remained delicate and deaths and hospitalizations from the virus additionally stay comparatively low, in comparison with earlier pandemic numbers.