Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force
The COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force's mission is to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and reduce disruptions to in-person learning.
Pediatric Vaccination Program Goals
- Enable access and availability through channels where populations are most likely to seek vaccination.
- Establish programming to ensure access to vaccines for vulnerable and underserved pediatric populations.
- Minimize delays between FDA authorization of pediatric vaccines and initial rollout of pediatric administration.
- Disseminate timely clinical guidance to jurisdictions and providers.
Pediatric Vaccine Updates
In the U.S., everyone age 12 and up is currently eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that everyone in this group gets vaccinated as soon as they can.
At this time, children and teens aged 12 and up are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Those younger than 12 years of age are not.
Before the COVID-19 vaccines were authorized by the FDA, clinical trials showed vaccines to be remarkably safe and effective for adults and teens age 16 and up. Trials involved tens of thousands of volunteers. After getting more safety data for younger teens, the FDA broadened authorization to include children and teens ages 12 and older. Clinical trials are underway for children as young as six months.
Upcoming pediatric COVID-19 news:
- Pfizer-BioNTech submitted data that shows their COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective in children aged 5-11. The dosage will be decreased from the adult dosage of 30mcg to 10mcg.
- Per CDC, the pediatric dose shipment size will be around 100 doses or lower.
Current Task Group Initiatives
Superintendent Letters and Provider Report Cards
School Superintendent & Charter School Leader COVID-19 Interest Letters
Letters are being sent to district superintendents, diocese superintendents, and charter school leaders continuously throughout Louisiana, urging schools to enroll in school COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
Provider Report Cards
The provider report card serves as an illustration of a facility's performance in administering COVID-19 vaccines to adolescents compared to the total number of vaccines administered in the provider's parish, region, and state. The report card serves as encouragement to increase vaccine administrations amongst their 12 to 17-year-old patients as early as possible in the 2021-2022 school year.
K-12 Testing and Vaccination EffortsThe task group is continuously collecting data on which schools are interested in COVID-19 testing and vaccination events.New updates are sent from each region at the beginning of each month.
Adolescent Vaccination IncentivesThere are currently no incentives for vaccinations for adolescents.
Youth Ambassadors Advisory Groups
The Office of Public Health's Youth COVID-19 Educational Campaign will promote the eligible COVID-19 vaccinations to school-age youth and adolescents. The campaign will work with Louisiana's school districts, youth-oriented organizations, youth sports groups, existing youth ambassador programs established by OPH and others, to educate and encourage people in the adolescent age group to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The program is integral to Louisiana being able to vaccinate enough residents to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its variants and to keep communities safe and open.
The campaign will allow members of this target age group to fully participate and lead the campaign.
Currently, there is a pilot program in region 9. The next step will be to expand the Well Ahead pilot to regions 2, 6, and 9.