Michigan Expediting Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines to Protect Children

October 26, 2021 - Today a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committee voted to recommend approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 years. Data shows the vaccine is 90% effective in this age group. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also issued an executive directive today to state departments and agencies to expedite the ordering and distribution of the vaccine once it receives federal authorization.

The state has already pre-ordered 287,700 doses to ensure a supply is quickly available when approval is granted. More than 800,000 children in Michigan fall into this age group.

The FDA is expected to grant emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year-olds as early as the week of Nov. 1, and the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is scheduled to meet Nov. 2-3 to review data and recommendations.

To prepare to provide pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines: 

  1. Make sure you're enrolled as CDC COVID-19 vaccine provider in Michigan.
  2. Check with your local jurisdiction to make sure you're enrolled and get updates on their distribution plans. Jurisdictions may not supply the pediatric vaccine to all locations right away.  
  3. You'll need to report your vaccine supply to VaccineFinder so that your location is displayed on vaccines.gov. Parents and caregivers will be directed to this website to find locations offering COVID-19 pediatric vaccines. 
  4. Review the Vaccine Ordering Guidance for Pfizer Ages 5 through 11 Years and the Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Operational Planning Guide.
  5. Make sure you and your team are comfortable with the pediatric vaccine storage and handling requirements, and watch for additional training to be provided by AAFP, CDC, and MDHHS.