Kids from 5–11 years old could soon be eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine, and officials hope to learn even more about the situation in the next couple of weeks.
Madison County’s health officer, Dr. Karen Landers, joined local health officials this week to give an update on the Covid-19 situation in Huntsville and Madison County. Landers said they’re doing a lot of education on the topic of children and vaccines.
She said when the pediatric product is approved, the handling of the vaccine will be extremely important. From the time officials receive the shipment until the product is administered to the patient, it is necessary that all of the guidelines are followed.
Landers said the next couple of weeks will be exciting, but they'll also be weeks filled with ongoing discussion with local providers to ensure they are ready to roll out this vaccine in Alabama.
"We look back at our data, even in the summer, (and) we're almost double what we were in pediatric cases," Landers said. "Keep in mind, Covid has found a place, and it's the pediatric population."
As cases surged this summer due to the delta variant, North Alabama had up to 50 children hospitalized with the virus and nine on ventilators. That number statewide is now below 10.
Landers stressed that receiving this vaccine is the way to get children's lives back to normal.