UM COVID Communication: October 28, 2021

Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11 Available in Missoula Nov. 8

A Food and Drug Administration panel voted Tuesday to support authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. Three additional steps are required before the vaccines can be administered:

  • The FDA will issue emergency use authorization for the shots, which is expected this week.
  • A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisory panel will meet early next week to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine for children and issue a recommendation.
  • The CDC director must formally issue guidance adopting the panel’s recommendation.

Officials with Missoula City-County Health Department believe, barring any unexpected delays, that doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available Monday, Nov. 8.

Q: Is the dosage for children the same as for those age 12 and older?

A: Unlike the 30mcg dose for ages 12-plus, the dose for ages 5-11 is 10 mcg, with approximately one-third of the active ingredient.

Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine a two-dose series for children ages 5-11?

A: Yes, this is a two-dose series, with the second shot at least 21 days after the first.

Booster Shots Available for Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson

The CDC has approved booster shots for COVID-19 vaccines and the flexibility to choose the vaccine you receive, even if different than your initial vaccine. Here’s the guidance:

If you received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine:

You are eligible for a booster if you are:

Get a booster at least six months after your second shot.

Q: Which booster should you get?

A: Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the U.S.

If you received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine:

You are eligible for a booster if you are 18 years or older.

Get a booster at least two months after your second shot.

Q: Which booster should you get?

A: Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States

Missoula and Silver Bow Counties have Highest Vaccine Rates

According to the statewide COVID-19 vaccine dashboard, Missoula and Silver Bow Counties have the highest percentage of residents vaccinated against COVID-19, with 66% of the eligible population fully immunized. Statewide, 55% of Montanans are fully immunized.

UM-Affiliated COVID Cases a Small Percentage of Missoula County Total

Today’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard for UM shows 122 active UM cases, which accounts for less than 5% of the total 2,799 cases in Missoula. Thank you for your cooperation with mask-wearing and other mitigations to limit transmission and keep our campus cases low. Average daily new cases per 100,000 people in Missoula County is 62, which is down from a high of 98 on Oct. 11, but still well above the goal of 25 or less.

Get Vaccine NOW to Protect Yourself and Family Members at Thanksgiving

If you’re planning to travel for Thanksgiving, take steps now to get your COVID-19 vaccine. The Health Services Pharmacy inside Curry Health Center provides vaccinations on a walk-in basis during regular business hours daily, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Call 406-243-5171 if you have questions.

Be well,

COVID Response Team

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