News Release

Virtual forum to discuss vaccinating children against COVID-19

For Immediate Release

Hampden County, Mass. -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, based on data demonstrating the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness among this age group. On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) followed that decision by recommending vaccinations against COVID-19 for all children in that age group. These actions come at a critical time, as the number of COVID-19 cases among children remains extremely high. However, a recent study found that only 34% of parents plan to vaccinate their 5- to 11-year old children immediately.

WHAT:

Hampden County-based pediatric and public health experts are holding an online forum to share information about safely vaccinating children against COVID-19. Speakers will share their professional expertise and experiences, and answer audience questions.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 6pm-7pm (ET)

WHERE:

Via Zoom: register here to receive the webinar information

WHO:  

Dr. Chrystal Wittcopp, MD,  Medical Director, Baystate General Pediatrics 

Lida Brown, BSN, RN,  Public Health Nurse Administrator, Town of West Springfield

Angela Kramer, RN, MS, Public Health Nurse, Ludlow Board of Health

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