Palau will begin to give the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine to children aged 5-11 starting on November 29, the Ministry of Health and Human Services (MHHS)  said in a public service announcement yesterday.

According to the announcement, from Nov. 29 to December 3, MHHS will also welcome walk-ins beginning from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Parents or guardians are required to bring proper documentation of proof of parentage or legal guardianship.  

The announcement added parents or guardians can bring documents such as child birth certificate, power of attorney, or other documents stating guardianship or authority to act on child’s behalf, legal adoption papers (as appropriate), and parent’s ID. 

Early this month, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) approved for use of the Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds. 

A statement earlier issued by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has assured parents that science backs the decision to recommend the vaccine for younger kids.

“In clinical trials, vaccination was found to be nearly 91% effective in preventing COVID-19 among children ages 5 to 11. In clinical trials, vaccine side effects were mild, self-limiting,” she said. “The most common side effect was a sore arm.” The statement said. 

According to CDC, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 5 to 11 years olds involves two injections, given three weeks apart, and contains a lower dose than the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine used for people age 12 and older. 

The CDC further said that research shows that this vaccine is about 91% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5 through 11.

 According to the Nov. 22 Palau COVID-19 situation report, there are  16,251 individuals  12 years and over that are fully vaccinated, 

Booster shots have also been administered to 2,082 people. 

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