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Texas ordering more than 1M vaccine doses for kids ahead of federal approval

Added 10-26-21 10:57:01am EST - “The Texas Department of State Health Services announced on Monday that the Lone Star State will be receiving approximately 1.3 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 ahead of its anticipated authorization…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Texas ordering more than 1M vaccine doses for kids ahead of federal approval”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced on Monday that the Lone Star State will be receiving approximately 1.3 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 ahead of its anticipated authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The agency's director Imelda Garcia said that the yet to be recommended vaccines were ordered as part of the federal government's process called “pre-order prior to launch," according to The Dallas Morning News.

“This enables the state to place vaccine orders before the FDA authorization, and before the CDC recommendation process is complete,” Garcia explained.

The Morning News noted that there are roughly 3 million children between the ages of 5 and 11 in Texas.

According to Garcia, the orders for the pediatric vaccines were placed in three waves, with the first two submitted on Thursday and Saturday. The order for the third wave was expected to be placed on Monday evening.

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