LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Work is underway to remove one of the biggest barriers for paediatricians and family doctors to get the COVID-19 vaccine: buying large quantities.
According to the Roseman University of Health Sciences, the smallest shipment of the Pfizer vaccine available to suppliers is 1,170 doses. After the Food and Drug Administration approves the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 17 year olds, the Biden administration has promised that smaller batches will be available to pediatricians, but the shipping date to suppliers is still unknown.
“That makes it a challenge for smaller caregivers looking to vaccinate 100, 200 patients,” says Dr. Christina Madison from The Public Health Pharmacist.
A health worker prepares a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
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The university has offered to store a shipment in its ultra-cold freezer at -81 degrees, and pediatricians can pick up small quantities if needed.
New FDA guidelines allow for more flexible storage: The Pfizer vaccine can be stored in a normal refrigerator for up to 30 days.
“It’s a game changer for many of our providers who think they don’t have the resources,” said Dr. Madison.