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CDC, LDH recommend Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for all children ages 5-11

Baton Rouge, La. (Nov. 3, 2021) — All Louisiana children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) formal recommendation on Tuesday evening. Prior to this announcement, the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine was recommended and authorized for people ages 12 and older.

Following CDC’s recommendation, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reviewed CDC guidance and has alerted all vaccine providers for children in the state that they can begin administering the Pfizer pediatric vaccine immediately. 

Families should contact their local vaccine provider to confirm they have the COVID-19 pediatric vaccine. Vaccine is in the process of being shipped and some providers may not receive their initial shipments until later in the week or next week. Currently families can call 211 or the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774 with general questions or to find a vaccination location near them that has ordered COVID-19 pediatric vaccine. In the coming days the federal vaccine finder will be updated with pediatric vaccine search capability.